By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Gary Lineker admitted he had been reduced to tears by the emotions of watching Leicester extend their Premier League lead to a remarkable eight points.

Claudio Ranieri’s team demolished Swansea 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to guarantee a top-two finish this season and leave Spurs as their only mathematical title challengers.

Leicester now need five points from their last three matches of the season to clinch the first league title in the club’s history.

Boyhood Leicester fan Lineker spoke beforehand of “another afternoon of insufferable tension” but an early Riyad Mahrez goal eased the nerves and Leicester eventually ran out convincing winners with a Leonard Ulloa double and a late Marc Albrighton strike.

The TV pundit and former England striker wrote on his Twitter account midway through the second half: “Sat on my own watching the telly, jumping, cheering and even crying a little. It’s what only football can do to us!”

Meanwhile, Tottenham must now win at least three of their four final matches of the season, starting with their home match against West Brom on Monday night, to be in with a chance of winning the league.

Leicester’s victory at the King Power Stadium, without suspended star striker Jamie Vardy, lifts them to 76 points, eight clear of the Londoners, who have 68 points.

Tottenham are aiming for their third consecutive league win on Monday after convincing triumphs over Stoke and Manchester United in their last two matches.

In other Tottenham news, the club are preparing for a defensive reshuffle in the summer.