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Southgate hails ‘incredible’ Kane after Spurs star scores 19 minute hat-trick in landmark England outing

Gareth Southgate has lavished praise on ‘incredible’ Harry Kane following the forward’s hat-trick in England’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro on Thursday night.

England secured qualification for next summer’s European Championships with an emphatic dismantling of the hapless visitors at Wembley, Kane hitting a first-half treble in what was England’s 1000th international fixture.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and an own goal completed the scoring, as England’s youngest side in 60 years secured a victory that ensures all three of their group games at next summer’s tournament will be played at Wembley.

Following the win, England boss Southgate was full of praise for captain Kane, the Tottenham forward’s treble moving him ahead of Frank Lampard, Tom Finney, Vivian Woodward, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer as England’s sixth-highest goalscorer of all-time.

The 26-year-old now has 31 goals in just 44 international appearances, whilst no player has ever scored more goals for England whilst wearing the armband.

“He’s an incredible goalscorer, that’s the obvious part of his game, but he’s a number 9 that can play and link as an outstanding number 10 as well,” said Southgate.

“So, not only does he lead the line for us, providing the goal threat, he also provides opportunities for others and I’ve said before, what an unselfish player he is.

“But of course when those opportunities are there he’s absolutely ruthless.”

Kane’s treble also saw him become the first player to score back-to-back hat-trick’s for England at Wembley, having netted three goals against Bulgaria last time out.

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