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Kane breaks record with hat-trick as Spurs thrash Saints

Harry Kane scores for Tottenham

Harry Kane has scored 18 league goals for Tottenham this season

Harry Kane grabbed another hat-trick and broke the record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year as Tottenham thrashed Southampton at Wembley.

The Spurs and England striker headed home his 37th league goal of 2017 on 22 minutes to surpass Alan Shearer’s landmark, which was set during his time at Blackburn in 1995.

Kane then added two more either side of half-time to bring his total for the year – for both club and country – to 56, two more than Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi.

Before Kane’s third, Dele Alli had made it 3-0 on 49 minutes when he drilled in from outside the area, before setting up Son Heung-min two minutes later, who powered a confident finish past Fraser Forster.

Southampton, without top scorer Charlie Austin, got off the mark when Sofiane Boufal struck low under Hugo Lloris, and Dusan Tadic added a second with a lofted effort.

Despite a second-half recovery, Saints never looked like spoiling the Spurs party and have now gone a month without a win in the Premier League.

Spurs, meanwhile, replace Liverpool in fourth place in the table, with the Reds playing Swansea in Tuesday’s late kick-off.

It was an impressive display from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but the game will always be remembered for Kane’s record-breaking day, as he cemented his status as one of the top flight’s most prolific strikers.

Speaking about his 22-year record being taken, Shearer tweeted: “You’ve had a magnificent 2017, Harry Kane. You deserve to hold the record of most Premier League goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work.”

Harry Kane’s record-breaking 2017

  • Kane reached his goal-scoring record in 36 games – six fewer than Shearer in 1995
  • The 24-year-old has scored more league goals this season than Bournemouth, West Brom, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Huddersfield
  • He is the first player in Premier League history to score six hat-tricks in a single calendar year
  • Kane has scored eight Premier League hat-tricks, as many as Thierry Henry and Michael Owen – only Alan Shearer (11) and Robbie Fowler (9) have more in the competition.
  • Kane has scored 56 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham and England in 2017. He is Europe’s top scorer over the past 12 months in the five major countries (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France)
  • The Spurs striker has now scored 96 Premier League goals for the club – one off Teddy Sheringham’s record

More trouble ahead for Saints

Southampton had drawn three and lost three of their past six games and arrived at Wembley without two key players in Austin, who is injured and suspended, and Virgil van Dijk, who was left out of the squad again amid reports of a January exit.

They looked overwhelmed in the first half and contributed to Tottenham’s dominance.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fouled Danny Rose on the edge of the area and gave away the Christian Eriksen free-kick which led to Kane’s opener.

And Nathan Redmond’s mistake in the Spurs half gifted the hosts possession and their counter-attack finished with Son’s strike for 4-0.

Southampton, three points above the relegation zone in 13th, were able to recover some pride as they twice beat a stuttering Lloris, but it was too little, too late.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side face more tough tasks ahead, with an away trip to Manchester United up next.

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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Southampton 2.

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Southampton 2.

Attempt missed. Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Dele Alli.

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Southampton 2. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Attempt saved. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam McQueen.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

Substitution, Southampton. Sam McQueen replaces Matt Targett.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Son Heung-Min.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Matt Targett (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Southampton 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dele Alli with a through ball.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton).

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Southampton 1. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution, Southampton. Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Mario Lemina.

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