Kane closes in on record
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 18, 2018,
Jan 18, 2018, 4:29
Elsewhere, Tottenham boss Pochettino will be tempted to rotate his squad - but one man that will not be rested is Harry Kane, who is looking to beat Alan Shearer's record for number of goals in a calendar year.
"Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for so long".
"Obviously going into the game [at Burnley], people were talking about it and I was three behind [Shearer]", Kane said.
Shearer praised the man who now fills his old role as England's main striker at worldwide level by tweeting: "You've had a magnificent 2017, Harry Kane".
He posted: "Congratulations to Kane on breaking the record for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year".
"Mauricio Pochettino's side have won five of their last six Premier League games at Wembley and I expect them to improve on that record against a Southampton side who are without an away win in their last six Premier League games on the road".
A third successive golden boot is on the horizon as England worldwide Kane sits three goals clear at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with 18, as Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah remains on 15.
His manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he cannot only reach that goal but has the capacity to get even better in the coming years. "To get compared to those players - the Messis and Shearers - is what it is all about; to get another hat-trick is a great way to end the year".
From the start he looked lively, beginning the move for Kane's second with a great through ball to Son.
He went on to double Spurs' lead before Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son put the Londoners 4-0 up after just 51 minutes. He opened his goal account by netting a strong header followed by two more sublime left-footed strikes.
Harry Kane will get all of the headlines after Tottenham's 5-2 drubbing of Southampton, but he got plenty of support from his Spurs teammates. "I'm anxious when you don't create chances though", he said.
"As always I wanted to win the game first and foremost, but of course I wanted to score as a striker".
This will be their second match at Wembley Stadium in 2017, having lost 3-2 to Manchester United in February's League Cup final.