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Where do Harry Kane and Dele Alli rate among English Premier League double acts?

Published 19/04/2016 | 13:31

Harry Kane, left, and Dele Alli have scored 34 league goals between them this term
Harry Kane, left, and Dele Alli have scored 34 league goals between them this term

Tottenham's Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored a brace at Stoke on Monday night and have been key to the club's Premier League title challenge.

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Are they on course to becoming the greatest all-English double act in the Premier League era? Here, Press Association Sport looks at the duos who have forged fruitful partnerships down the years.

ANDY COLE AND PETER BEARDSLEY (NEWCASTLE)

Cole thrived in a two-striker system at Manchester United alongside Dwight Yorke and even Teddy Sheringham, whom he famously did not speak to away from the pitch, yet it was at Newcastle with Beardsley where he really came of age. The two arrived on Tyneside within six months of each other and, in their only full campaign together, they accrued a remarkable 55 league goals between them despite the club only finishing third in the final standings of a 22-team league. Cole was then surprisingly offloaded to United midway through the 1994-1995 season.

ALAN SHEARER AND CHRIS SUTTON (BLACKBURN)

The season after those Cole and Beardsley's exploits, the strike-duo known as 'SAS' was formed and contributed 49 goals to help deliver the top-flight title to east Lancashire 21 years ago. Injuries to Sutton and Shearer's £15million switch to hometown club Newcastle meant the partnership was quickly broken up but few pairs have been so successful over the course of a solitary campaign in terms of individual and collective success.

ALAN SHEARER AND LES FERDINAND (NEWCASTLE)

This was another relationship involving Shearer that was brief but productive. The Premier League's all-time record scorer joined the Magpies in 1996 and scored 25 league goals in his first season, with Ferdinand weighing in with 16 himself. The highlight was a 5-0 drubbing of reigning champions Manchester United in October when Shearer created two, including one for Ferdinand, and scored one himself.

MICHAEL OWEN AND EMILE HESKEY (LIVERPOOL)

Speaking to Press Association Sport recently, Heskey said of his relationship with Owen: "It was one of those partnerships that clicked straight away, even from that young age." It was a classic big man, little man, one-two punch that was cultivated in England's youth ranks and continued at Liverpool, where they won a treble of their own in 2001. Their greatest hour was the Three Lions' 5-1 demolition of Germany when Owen scored a hat-trick and Heskey made one and added the fifth.

HARRY KANE AND DELE ALLI (TOTTENHAM)

Two of England's most exciting prospects have thrived under Mauricio Pochettino's guidance in north London, with 34 combined goals already during the current campaign. Kane has directly set up just one goal this term, while seven of Alli's nine assists have resulted in Kane scoring. That is a far more one-sided arrangement than Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez's partnership, with their eight-goal assists tally split at five assists for Mahrez and three for Vardy. At 22 and 20 respectively, time is on the side of Kane and Alli to take their partnership onto the next level for club and country.

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