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Pochettino hails Kane as elite striker

Press Association logoPress Association 19/11/2016 Andy Sims

Harry Kane rescued Tottenham with a dramatic late double and left boss Mauricio Pochettino proclaiming: "He's back!"

England striker Kane, fit again after seven weeks out with ankle ligament damage, struck twice in the final two minutes as Spurs came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old, sent back from England duty last weekend in order to build up his fitness, tucked in an 89th-minute cross from Son Heung-min to equalise.

Then, as the clock moved into stoppage time, Kane slotted a penalty after Havard Nordtveit fouled Son to secure Tottenham's first win in eight matches.

"He's back!" beamed Pochettino.

"He's one of the best strikers in the world. When you play without your main striker for 10 or 11 games it's tough for any team. He's a player who is very important for us.

"It wasn't ideal to have Harry on the pitch for 96 minutes, that's true, but it's difficult to take him off when you need to win the game.

"In the end we pushed him but now he's very happy with energy and that can help him recover."

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