Tuesday 22 January 2019

Alan Shearer graciously congratulates Harry Kane on breaking his goalscoring record

Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal
Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane broke the record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year by heading his 37th of 2017 against Southampton.

The England international met Christian Eriksen's 22nd-minute free-kick to give Spurs a 1-0 lead at Wembley and surpass Alan Shearer's 22-year-old record.

He made it 38 goals shortly afterwards with a tap-in and completed his hat-trick in the second half for 39.

Shearer managed his 36 goals in 42 games while playing for Blackburn in 1995, while Kane, who has missed only four league matches this year, needed just 36 appearances to go one better.

Kane's impressive haul includes five top-flight hat-tricks and he was quickly congratulated by the man whose record he took.

Shearer tweeted: "You've had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most @premierleague goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work."

Former Arsenal forwards Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie each came close to beating Shearer's tally in recent years, scoring 34 and 35 respectively in 2004 and 2011.

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