Shearer surpassed, Messi eclipsed - Kane's record-breaking 2017

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

Earlier this year Kane became only the fifth individual since the competition's inception in 1992 to register back-to-back hat-tricks alongside Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney.

In the bulld-up to Tuesday's clash, Kane has spoken of his intent of breaking Alan Shearer's all-time record of 260 goals and if he keeps going at his current pace, there's no reason why the Spurs striker won't be able to accomplish the feat.

The England global overtook Shearer's 22-year record for Premier League goals in a calendar year, while also usurping Messi as Europe's top scorer for club and country in 2017.

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".

Sofiane Boufal did pull one back, but Kane completed another record - becoming the first player to score six Premier League hat-tricks in a calendar year - before Dusan Tadic's late consolation did little to lift Southampton's festive spirits, the visitors having now lost three of their last four top-flight games.

Fan favourite Kane slid on his knees on the Wembley pitch after netting the milestone goal while the home fans chanted "Harry Kane: he's one of our own". "I feel sharp, I feel at my best".

Kane has made plain his determination to one day rival Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's top player and he has achieved that over a remarkable 12 months - during which he has scored eight hat-tricks. If you achieve something and you say, 'I need to run 10 metres but I will run only nine, ' you will cheat yourself, and that is a massive problem.

Reflecting on the calendar year, Pochettino added: "We are so ambitious but I am so happy". I've told everyone that he is a great example for everybody, not just because of his goals.

"It's an incredible story for us, as a coaching staff, when you look at him play - not only feel happy [but] so proud of all this he has achieved", said Pochettino, who added that Tuesday match was so open it could have finished 7-4 to Spurs. "We have finished this year in a very good way and I hope next year we can win more".

"We had another personality, another character. Sometimes you can realise how people react in hard moments and we can draw a lot from today".


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