April 9, 2018 / 9:53 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Kane hopeful of catching Salah in Golden Boot race

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane remains hopeful of overhauling Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race for Premier League Golden Boot but is also focused on helping Spurs finish the season strongly.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur - bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain - April 7, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane reacts REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files

Kane is bidding to end the campaign as the division’s top scorer for the third time in a row, a feat no other player has managed since Arsenal’s Thierry Henry won the last of his four scoring titles in 2006.

The 24-year-old England international has scored 24 times in the league and currently trails Salah by five goals with six games remaining. Liverpool have five fixtures left.

“I still believe I can,” Kane told British media. “Look, whatever happens, there are still games to go. I’ve got to focus on my game. I can’t control what he (Salah) does.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - February 25, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs/Files

“Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season.”

Kane claimed Tottenham’s winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Stoke City but the goal was awarded to Christian Eriksen, whose free kick was adjudged to have gone straight past keeper Jack Butland without being touched by the England forward.

“I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball, but there’s nothing I can do,” Kane added.

“If they (the Premier League) turn it around, they turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word. It is what it is — the most important thing is that we won the game.”

Spurs next face Manchester City in the league on Saturday, before taking on Manchester United in an FA Cup semi-final on April 21.

Soccer Football - Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Liverpool vs Manchester City - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 4, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates/Files

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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