Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Kane says 'great feeling' to beat Shearer record

Kane says 'great feeling' to beat Shearer record

Harry Kane set the English Premier League record for goals in a calendar year, raising his total to 39 with a hat trick Tuesday that led Tottenham over Southampton 5-2.

The England striker followed up his treble over Burnley on Saturday by heading in a Christian Eriksen free-kick in the 22nd minute for his 37th league goal of 2017, beating Alan Shearer's 22-year-old record for the most goals in England's top flight in a calendar year.

Kane has played in 36 league matches this year, six fewer than Shearer's 1995 total.

Since scoring in his first league start for Spurs in a 5-1 win over Sunderland on April 7, 2014, Kane has netted 93 Premier League goals in 131 games, a scoring rate of 0.71.

Kane promised to take his team-mates for dinner to thank them for helping him to his latest landmarks.

The feat is even more remarkable given that Kane failed to find the back of the net in the month of August, with the England global leading the scoring charts with 18 top-flight goals this season.

"People are going to talk and in football there's always someone criticising you, so it's about how you cope with that and I think he's doing well".

Any glimpse of optimism from Southampton were all but instantaneously extinguished as Kane completed his second hat-trick in three days, Alli released the striker through on goal with Forster quick off his line and just coolly lofted over his compatriot to complete his eighth trio of the calender year.

When asked for his favourite goals of the year, Kane said: "I liked the second one against Huddersfield from outside the box with the left foot, that was nice".

"It makes him play better". That tally means he has scored more hat-tricks in 2017 than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero and Edinson Cavani combined. They offer more pace and penetration than Trippier and Ben Davies and if Mauricio Pochettino can get them both fully fit and firing, Spurs will begin to resemble the team that was so hard to stop past year.

"It doesn't surprise us because every day we see how he works, his determination, how professional he is, and that can only be good for him".

When all is said and done, we will look back at 2017 as being the year a true legend was made. "We are all so, so, so happy". If you achieve something and you say: 'If I need to run 10 metres but I will run only nine, ' you will cheat yourself, and that is a massive problem.

"But I am so pleased to finish in this way the year and looking forward now for the next year".

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