Dele Alli tells Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane to focus on himself and ignore critics
Last Updated: 15/04/18 11:38pm
Dele Alli says Harry Kane must ignore the detractors after the England striker was the subject of negative headlines this week.
Premier League Golden Boot hopeful Kane was the subject of widespread criticism after claiming Tottenham's second goal at Stoke last weekend, when it was originally awarded to Christian Eriksen.
Alli said: "Harry is an unbelievable striker. To be honest he touched it so it's his goal and every striker would and should claim it if it is their goal.
"He has just got to ignore what everyone else is saying, he knows how good he is and I am sure everyone else knows how good he is.
"Everyone is different, I don't know how H is going to take it, but I think it gives some people a chance to put him down.
"But playing with him every day in training I can see how hard he works, he wants goals, he's a striker, every striker wants goals, so he has just got to ignore it and focus on himself which I am sure he will do.
"He is an unbelievable player and he is a great person as well. If it was me and I touched the ball I would try and claim it as well."
Kane is five behind Salah, who struck his 30th Premier League goal in Liverpool 3-0 win against Bournemouth at the weekend.
He now has five games left to try and overhaul Mo Salah's tally and Alli is not writing his friend off, though says securing Champions League football next season is everyone's primary aim.
"I wouldn't put it past him, we have seen what he has done before. Last year against (Romelu) Lukaku it was a tough competition and he finished the season really strongly with the amount of goals he scored.
"Salah is in great form. That can't be H's main focus, we are a team and we have got to play together and if he does it he does it and we will all be happy for him, but I don't think we are going to focus too much on it."