Harry Kane completes record-breaking year in style

Harry Kane smashed Alan Shearer’s Premier League record for goals scored in a calendar year by hitting a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-2 mauling of Southampton.

Kane needed only one goal to pass the 36 scored by Shearer in 1995 but the Spurs striker banged in three at Wembley to finish 2017 on an astonishing 39 goals in 36 league matches.

Dele Alli and Son Heung-min helped put Southampton out of sight in the second half despite Sofiane Boufal pulling one back at 4-0 and substitute Dusan Tadic reducing the deficit late on.

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Tweet of the match

Star man – Harry Kane

Who else? All eyes were on Kane and whether he could find the one goal he needed to overtake Shearer and he rose to the occasion with another brilliant display of finishing. A word too for Danny Rose, who delivered one of his best performances since returning from injury.

Stat attack

Kane has scored 39 Premier League goals in 36 games in 2017, beating the 36 Shearer scored in 42 games in 1995.

View from the bench

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(Steven Paston/PA)

Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted for Kane but thrilled too that his side look to have brushed off that heavy defeat by Manchester City. They have now won five out of their last six matches. For Mauricio Pellegrino, this was another thrashing he and his side could really have done without. Saints fans chanted ironically throughout the match but their team are sinking fast towards the relegation zone.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 6 (out of 10), Serge Aurier 5, Jan Vertonghen 5, Davinson Sanchez 5, Danny Rose 8, Eric Dier 7, Mousa Dembele 7, Dele Alli 7, Christian Eriksen 7, Son Heung-Min 8, Harry Kane 9. Subs: Moussa Sissoko (for Dembele, 54) 6, Erik Lamela (for Son, 76) 6, Harry Winks (for Alli, 84) 6.Southampton: Fraser Forster 5, Jack Stephens 4, Maya Yoshida 4, Wesley Hoedt 4, Matt Targett 5, Oriol Romeu 3, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 5, Mario Lemina 6, Sofiane Boufal 6, Nathan Redmond 6, Shane Long 5. Subs: Sam McQueen (for Targett, 77) 6, Manolo Gabbiadini (for Lemina, 63) 5, Dusan Tadic (for Redmond, 63) 6.

Who’s up next?

Swansea v Tottenham (Premier League, January 2)

Manchester United v Southampton (Premier League, December 30)

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