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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley. | AP

Harry Kane is Europe's top goalscorer for the year, overtaking Lionel Messi in less games, after bagging his second goal against Southampton on Boxing Day.

The England worldwide surpassed Alan Shearer's 22-year-old record with a simple header and tapped in a 38th league goal of 2017 before half-time.

Spurs offered a ideal response to their thrashing at the hands of Manchester City last week by defeating Burnley 3-0 this weekend.

The strike was his 37th in 2017, surpassing Newcastle legend Shearer's tally of 36 - but Kane was not finished there.

More than that, though, only five players have more hat-tricks in their entire career than Kane has managed in 2017.

He netted 18 times in home games and 19 in away fixtures, while May was his highest scoring month with eight goals.

10 - Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were the most frequent providers for Kane with 10 assists apiece.

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Spurs made it 3-0 minutes in to the second half as Dele Alli curled home a low effort from the edge of the area before Heung-min Son fired home to make it 4-0 in the 51st minute.

He had his second six minutes before the break as Eriksen, Alli, and Son combined to set up an easy finish for Kane.

Mario Lemina struck the post as Southampton looked to claw their way back into the game, before Long broke in on goal only to see his attempt saved.

- Tottenham have scored 92 goals in 2017, the third most by a team in a single calendar year in the competition behind Man City in 2017 (101) and Man Utd in 2000 (95).

2 - Kane is also the first player in Premier League history to score consecutive hat-tricks on two separate occasions (also May 2017). Kane scored 21 league goals from January to May last season and has 16 this term.

Kane's 56 goals came from just 52 appearances, at 1.06 per game, while Messi's 54 were scored from 64 outings (0.84).

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