Kane sets Premier League goal record

Speaking to Sky Sports, Kane said it was a "great feeling" to break Shearer's record.

It has been a fantastic year.

"First of all I want to congratulate Harry Kane, a massive achievement for him, well deserved", the Argentine coach said after the game.

The England star's treble against Burnley on December 23 moved him level on 36 with Alan Shearer and he never looked as though he was going to struggle with the expectation, beating the record, which had lasted for 22 years, in the 22nd minute as part of an vast performance.

"As always I wanted to win the game first and foremost but of course I wanted to score as a striker".

Though the contest had been over for quite some time the scoring was yet to relinquish as Southampton had the final say, it was once again poor from Lloris as he made a hash of the corner by palming into Tadić who did well to lob it over Kane looking to block on the line but it would little to ruin a special afternoon for England's golden boy. This was also Kane's eighth hat-trick of the year, and sixth in the Premier League.

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Mauricio Pochettino asked whether there was a better centre-forward in world football than Harry Kane after watching him inspire a 5-2 rout over Southampton with a record-breaking hat-trick. Just making sure I'm ready for each game, eating right, recovering right with ice baths. He pledged to try and better his tally in the new year and gave details on how he managed to remain sharp during the busy Premier League winter schedule.

That meant he had not only become the highest scorer in a calendar year in Premier League history but also surpassed the likes of Lionel Messi, Edinson Cavani, Roberto Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo as the top scorer among Europe's top five leagues with 56 goals in 52 appearances all competitions for club and country over the past 12 months.

"It makes him play better. Well done and keep up the good work", he tweeted. He's a very talented player. I've told everyone that he is a great example for everybody, not just because of his goals.

Tottenham have now won five out of their last six matches while Southampton are winless in seven and there were some sarcastic chants from the visiting fans here that will not have been lost on under-pressure manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Reflecting on the calendar year, Pochettino added: "We are so ambitious but I am so happy".

"We had another personality, another character".

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