Ranking the players with most Premier League goals in London Derbies

Harry Kane extended his brilliant record in London derby fixtures at the weekend, after scoring from the penalty spot during Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Following his latest effort in an all-capital clash, we’ve ranked the players with the most Premier League goals in London derbies.

Jermain Defoe – 28

Jermain Defoe scored 28 goals in London derby encounters, having spent much of his career in the capital during spells at West Ham and Tottenham.

Defoe came through the academy system at West Ham and broke into the side as a teenager, but departed under a cloud following the Hammers’ relegation in 2002/03.

He moved to Tottenham and had two spells with the north Londoners, either side of a short but successful stint at Portsmouth.

Defoe – who is the ninth highest goalscorer in Premier League history – scored 91 league goals for Spurs.

Ian Wright – 28

Ian Wright is level with Jermain Defoe on 28 goals in London derby encounters. Wright began his career at Crystal Palace before crossing the capital to sign for Arsenal, where he became the Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer – later eclipsed by Thierry Henry – during seven seasons in north London.

He scored 104 Premier League goals for Arsenal and added a further nine during a single season at West Ham in the latter period of his career.

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Wright was one of the finest forwards in the Premier League during the nineties, with his sharp footwork and versatile finishing repertoire troubling even the division’s best defences. His record of 28 goals in London derbies came in just 53 cross-capital games.

Teddy Sheringham – 32

Teddy Sheringham represented both Tottenham and West Ham in the Premier League and proved a regular goalscorer in games between capital sides.

Sheringham signed for Spurs during the early weeks of the inaugural Premier League season and ended the campaign as the league’s leading scorer to win the Golden Boot.

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He scored 97 league goals for Spurs across two spells at the club, which were sandwiched between a successful period at Manchester United.

He signed for the Red Devils as a replacement for Eric Cantona and excelled across four seasons, in which he won three Premier League titles and formed a key part of the club’s treble success in 1998/99 – scoring in the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

Frank Lampard – 32

Frank Lampard’s phenomenal goal record from midfield means the ex-Chelsea great regularly features near the top of goalscoring lists.

Lampard began his career at West Ham and spent six seasons in the senior side before an £11m move to Stamford Bridge in 2011.

The midfielder developed into an elite talent at Chelsea and was at the forefront of the club’s successes of the Roman Abramovich era, where he won three Premier League titles among his 11 major honours for the Blues.

Lampard was a master of late runs into the penalty box and scored a club-record 211 goals in all competitions for Chelsea, while he ranks fifth overall among the Premier League’s all-time top scorers with 177 top-flight goals.

He scored 10+ league goals in ten consecutive seasons for Chelsea and netted 32 times in London derbies alone – all from a central midfield role.

Thierry Henry – 43

Thierry Henry at his best was something not seen before or since in the Premier League. Both a brilliant goalscorer and creator, he reigned as the division’s finest footballer during a decorated career in the colours of Arsenal.

Henry scored a record-breaking 228 goals for the Gunners and 175 in the Premier League alone. He netted 43 goals in London derbies, including some of the greatest goals of his career.

Who can forget his scintillating solo run in a north London derby win over Tottenham at Highbury? Or an impudent back-heel through Jonathan Fortune’s legs to score against Charlton in 2004?

Henry’s greatest moments were box-office viewing and he remains arguably the defining footballer of the Premier League’s first three decades.

Harry Kane – 44

Harry Kane’s penalty at Arsenal saw the Tottenham forward move past Henry as the outright leading goalscorer in Premier League London derbies.

Kane continues to climb the all-time rankings and now sits third among the Premier League’s all-time leading scorers, having netted 190 goals in 290 appearances in the division.

The England captain boasts a superb record in clashes between Spurs and Arsenal, having scored 14 goals in just 16 league appearances against the Gunners. Only against Leicester (18) has he scored more in the Premier League, while a strong record against West Ham (11) and Crystal Palace (8) has aided his climb to the top of these rankings.

Further records are expected to fall before the end of the season, with Kane closing in on the all-time goalscoring records for both Spurs and England. He is also now just ten goals from joining Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney in scoring 200 Premier League goals.

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