Kane Breaks Alan Shearer's EPL Goal Record, Surpasses Messi in 2017

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As end of year appraisals go how do you adequately summarise the achievements of the Tottenham Hotspur and England forward, Harry Kane?

- Harry Kane is the first player in Premier League history to score consecutive hat-tricks on two separate occasions (also May 2017). So, too, were modern masters. He often makes scoring seem simple. They were scarcely strikes for a highlights reel.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer congratulated Kane for breaking his record on Twitter.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Shearer said: "I don't think it's inevitable (Kane will leave for Barcelona or Real Madrid)".

- Tottenham have scored 92 goals in 2017, the third most by a team in a single calendar year in the competition behind Manchester City in 2017 (101) and Manchester United in 2000 (95). "Well done and keep up the good work".

The English global, who has scored 56 goals for his club and country combined during the current calendar year, also became the leading scorer in Europe, ahead of football superstar Lionel Messi.

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Although it is Kane's goal tally that - understandably - get the most attention, he is far from a one-dimensional player.

Perhaps even more impressively, Kane will finish this year with 56 goals for club and country, which is two better than Messi has managed and three more than Ronaldo.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last 11 league games played on Boxing Day, winning eight of them, since a 2-0 loss at Portsmouth in 2003. For next year? Win - win every game. Results, of course, are the most important thing, but it is also concerning that Saints do not really possess a decipherable game plan; when watching them play, it is often hard to work out what they are trying to do. After just one in his previous 15 league games, he struck with a curler.

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembélé (Sissoko, 54 mins), Eriksen, Alli (Winks, 84 mins), Son Heung-min (Lamela, 76 mins), Kane.

- Kane now has 94 Premier League goals for Tottenham - just three short of matching Teddy Sheringham's club record of 97.

Mauricio Pochettino's men are aiming to get themselves back into the race for a top four finish after having dropped down the table in recent weeks.

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