Dele Alli has stood up for Harry Kane and insisted he would have claimed THAT goal, too.
England striker Kane has come in for criticism after claiming he scored Tottenham’s winner at Stoke last weekend as he looks to overtake Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and win a third successive Golden Boot.
The stick has reached epic proportions as Salah and his Anfield team-mates poked fun on social media after the Premier League awarded the Spurs frontman the goal.
Kane is now on 25 goals, with the Egyptian five ahead, and Alli insists his club and country team-mate has done nothing wrong – and that he would have done the same in that situation.
After Saturday’s home loss to title-bound Manchester City, Alli said: “I think Harry is an unbelievable striker and he touched it, so it is his goal. Every striker would and should claim it if it is his goal. If it was me and I touched it I would claim it as well.
“You just have to ignore what everyone else is saying. He knows how good he is. I am sure everyone else knows how good he is.
“Everyone is different. I don’t know how he is going to take it. It gives some people a chance to try to put him down but playing with him every day and training with him, I see how hard he works.
“He wants goals. Every striker wants goals. So he has just got to ignore it and focus on himself which I am sure that he will do as he is an unbelievable player and a great person as well.
“I wouldn’t put it past him (to catch Salah).
“We have seen what he has done before. Even last year, against Lukaku. It was a tough competition. He finished the season strongly with the amount of goals he scored (eight in the final three games).
“But Salah is in great form as well. That can’t be H’s main focus. We are a team. We play together. If he does it he does it and we will all be happy for him. But I don’t think we can focus too much on it.”
Alli insists that Tottenham can still enjoy a good season despite losing the title race with the FA Cup semi final still to come against Manchester United next Saturday.
He added: “Yes, we are very happy.
“We wanted to win the league. It has been a difficult season. There has been a lot of improvements in a lot of teams. We played very well. There are a lot of positives to take.
“There are things we need to improve on. We know that.
“As a team we look to finish in the top four and we would be very disappointed if we did not, given how difficult it is. Hopefully we have done it and we have to finish the season strongly and try to pick up some form again.”