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Published: 23:38 | 15/4/18

Kane should ignore critics, says Alli


Dele Alli says his Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane should "ignore" critics who mock his determination to win the Premier League Golden Boot for a third successive season.

Kane has been derided on social media and by some fellow players for claiming Tottenham's second goal against Stoke at the Bet 365 Stadium last weekend.

The Premier League goals accreditation panel initially awarded the goal to Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, only to reverse the decision following an appeal from Tottenham.

Alli insists Kane was right to appeal, and says the England striker's hunger for goals should be celebrated rather than mocked.

"Harry is an unbelievable striker. To be honest he touched it so it's his goal and every striker would and should claim it if it is their goal," Alli said.

"He has just got to ignore what everyone else is saying, he knows how good he is and I am sure everyone else knows how good he is

"Everyone is different, I don't know how H is going to take it, but I think it gives some people a chance to put him down.

"But playing with him every day in training I can see how hard he works, he wants goals, he's a striker, every striker wants goals, so he has just got to ignore it and focus on himself which I am sure he will do.

"He is an unbelievable player and he is a great person as well. If it was me and I touched the ball I would try and claim it as well."

Kane has netted 25 goals in the Premier League this season, five goals behind Liverpool's forward Mohamed Salah, but Alli says his team-mate is capable of bridging the gap in the final five matches of the season.

"I wouldn't put it past him, we have seen what he has done before [winning the Golden Boot in 2015-16 and 2016-17]," Alli continued.

'Last year against [then-Everton striker Romelu] Lukaku it was a tough competition and he finished the season really strongly with the amount of goals he scored.

"Salah is in great form. That can't be H's main focus, we are a team and we have got to play together and if he does it he does it and we will all be happy for him, but I don't think we are going to focus too much on it."

Tottenham face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, 21 April, live on eir Sport 1 [kick off 5.15pm].

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