By Matt Farr
Pundit Thierry Henry has praised Harry Kane for his unselfish play during Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Stoke on Sunday.
The 23-year-old netted a swift first-half hat-trick for the home side, before setting up Dele Alli to slot home a fourth goal.
However, speaking during Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the game, Henry praised Kane for his decision to pass to his Tottenham team-mate, instead of taking a shot on goal himself.
He said: “I think he just wanted to put his team-mate on the right path. ‘You’re with us, you made a mistake, let me give you that, it’s all done.’
“Today, I think even if he didn’t score three before, he would have done it just because of the situation with Dele Alli in the week.”
Alli made the headlines following the midweek Europa League exit to KAA Gent, where he was dismissed for a horror tackle on Brecht Dejaegere.
The Tottenham youngster caught the Belgian midfielder high on the shin, giving the referee no option but to send him for an early bath.
The incident overshadowed the 2-2 draw at Wembley, which saw Tottenham crash out of the Europa League.
Alli has had disciplinary issues in the past, and came under immense scrutiny, particularly from pundit Jamie Carragher, who insisted that his red card cost Tottenham their place in Europe.
The England midfielder has since apologised for the tackle, and Henry has praised Kane for allowing him to redeem himself with a goal in front of the home fans at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The emphatic victory over Stoke kept Tottenham’s faint Premier League title hopes alive, where they remain within 10 points of leaders Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, here are three things we learned about Tottenham from their win over Stoke.