Harry Kane applauds the crowd after his hat-trick for Spurs against Southampton.
Harry Kane applauds the crowd after his hat-trick for Spurs against Southampton. NEIL HALL

Harry Kane blows Southampton away and breaks record

HARRY Kane has broken an English Premier Leagure record and become Europe's top goalscorer in 2017 with a hat-trick in Tottenham's 5-2 win over Southampton at Wembley.

Kane's triple took him to 39 goals in a calendar year, breaking Alan Shearer's EPL mark.

His three goals also took his tally in all competitions in the calendar year for club and country to 56, taking him past Lionel Messi, who hit 54 for Barcelona and Argentina in the past 12 months.

Kane is the first player apart from Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to finish the year as top scorer in Europe since 2009.

"I'm very proud of it. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for so long, they're two of the world's greatest players ever,” Kane said.

"I said to the lads before the game to try and set me up and they all did that, so I'll have to take them out to dinner or something.”

Spurs' win took them past Liverpool into fourth spot but the Reds claimed that place back later in the day with a 5-0 thumping of bottom club Swansea City.

Jesse Lingard struck twice, the second in stoppage time, as Manchester United hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford.

United's result allowed Chelsea to close to within a point of Jose Mourinho's side with a laboured 2-0 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Bournemouth snatched a point at the death with a 3-3 draw against West Ham United, with Callum Wilson's controversial goal denying the visitors a victory.

Wilson's effort, after Marko Arnautovic's two late goals had turned the game on its head to give West Ham a 3-2 lead, was initially disallowed for offside but was deemed legal by referee Bobby Madley.

Watford snapped a four-game losing streak as they came back to beat Leicester City 2-1 thanks to an own goal by Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Huddersfield drew 1-1 at home to Stoke City and second-bottom West Bromwich Albion did little to ease their relegation fears with a 0-0 draw at home to Everton.

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