Alan Shearer congratulates Harry Kane on breaking his record

Raheem Sterling continued his impressive form in front of goal against Bournemouth

Raheem Sterling continued his impressive form in front of goal against Bournemouth

It was a day when Kane also broke Alan Shearer's record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year and when he surpassed Messi as the highest scorer worldwide in 2017.

Kane opened the scoring after 22 minutes of the match against struggling Southampton, moving on to 37 Premier League goals in the calendar year and going past the previous best mark set by Shearer at Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

It was bright start to proceedings for Mauricio Pochettino's men with Chirstian Eriksen's disallowed goal before Kane's record-breaking goal in the 22nd minute, Spurs had to remain on their toes however with Danny Rose hitting the post at the wrong end of the field after a backpass header to Hugo Lloris went awry, but their worries were calmed with Kane's second six minutes before the break.

Kane completed his sixth league hat-trick of the year - and second in as many games - with an impudent finish to add to goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-min.

"I am aware I've equalled Alan Shearer's record", Kane said. "I think today, [number] one striker in the world, specific position".

"This year, physically, [I've focused on] recovery per game with such a busy schedule and making sure I'm ready".

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The feat is even more remarkable given that Kane failed to find the back of the net in the month of August, with the England worldwide leading the scoring charts with 18 top-flight goals this season. "I'm getting more experience". "That's what I always have done throughout my career and it is what I will continue to do", 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".

Helpless Southampton felt the full force of Harry Kane's scintillating form as St Stephen's Day as Tottenham handed the Saints a 5-2 festive thumping at Wembley Stadium.

The Barcelona superstar, who does not play again in 2017 with the winter break ensuing in Spain, has 55 goals to his name this year, while PSG forward Edinson Cavani, Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich frontman Robert Lewandowski are all tied on 53 goals.

Kane said it had been a "fantastic" year. "We have finished this year in a very good way and I hope next year we can win more". If you achieve something and you say: 'If I need to run 10 metres but I will run only nine, ' you will cheat yourself, and that is a massive problem.

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