Harry Kane 9, Hugo Lloris 8; Jamie Vardy 6: Tottenham v Leicester City player ratings

Mourinho's men boost Europa League hopes with convincing 3-0 win over Foxes whose Champions League dreams are fading

A Harry Kane masterclass helped Tottenham strengthen their Europa League hopes with a 3-0 win over Leicester, whose own European ambitions suffered a damaging blow.

Kane, who this week revealed his wife is pregnant with their third child, scored two cracking goals in the first half, after James Justin's early own goal, to set up the three points that leaves Jose Mourinho's men in the top six with just one game to go.

There are so many permutations over possible European qualification, with Wolves and Manchester United's Europa League campaigns and Arsenal's FA Cup hopes a factor, but Spurs are at least looking after their own business with a fourth Premier League win in a row.

And there is little surprise that Kane was the man to inspire it as he simply loves playing Leicester, with his tally now standing at 16 goals in 14 games against the midlands club.

When asked after the match whether the England captain is one of the best strikers he has managed, Mourinho said: "Of course he is. It is difficult for me to compare strikers but I had almost in every club some of the best. Of course, Harry is second to none. It's just different qualities. As a striker, as a goalscorer, a team player and a leader, he is fantastic.

"It is difficult to make him better but the better the team is, the better he can be. It depends more on us. He is an amazing professional and works very well. He cannot play any better. He is a fantastic striker and Tottenham is so lucky to have him."

Published: July 19, 2020 09:37 PM

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