Harry Kane’s second hat-trick in four days set us on the way to an excellent Premier League victory over Southampton at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday afternoon – and saw him set a couple of records in the process.
Our England striker netted twice in the first half to put us in control against the Saints, while two goals in two minutes from Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son made it 4-0 six minutes after the interval.
Sofiane Boufal reduced the deficit on 64 minutes, but just three minutes later Kane completed his treble with another fine goal. The Saints scored again late on through substitute Dusan Tadic to make it 5-2, but the points were never in doubt as we wrapped up 2017 in style and moved into fourth place in the Premier League.
But while the win was all-important, Kane’s goals set all sorts of records! Having equalled Alan Shearer’s tally for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year record with his hat-trick against Burnley four days ago, our in-form striker surpassed it with our opening goal, his 37th of 2017 in the division.
His second strike was his 54th goal for club and country in all competitions during 2017, taking him one ahead of Lionel Messi as the leading goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues for the year.
And, perhaps most significantly of all, his hat-trick goal was Kane’s 123rd in our colours and saw him move into the top 10 of our all-time goalscorers list, one above Robbie Keane and one behind Teddy Sheringham, who scored 124 goals for us.