London - Harry Kane enhanced his England credentials as Tottenham Hotspur won
2-1 at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday to move to within three points of
the Premier League's top four.
Watched by England manager Roy
Hodgson, Kane took his season goal tally to 26 with a goal in each half,
making him the country's leading scorer in all competitions.
old boy Sandro pulled one back in the 75th minute, but despite a strong
late penalty appeal, Chris Ramsey's QPR were unable to avoid a defeat
that leaves them three points from safety in the bottom three.
exited the Europa League and lost to Chelsea in last weekend's League
Cup final, Tottenham's sole remaining aim is to force their way into the
top four and claim a place in next season's Champions League.
The odds remain stacked against them, but they retain hope, especially if Kane maintains his outstanding scoring form.
21-year-old is enjoying an outstanding campaign and the growing clamour
for him to be included in Hodgson's senior squad for this month's games
against Lithuania and Italy will only increase after this display.
was also keeping tabs on QPR's uncapped striker Charlie Austin, who had
scored one more league goal than Kane coming into this game and was
unlucky not to add to that tally when he hit the post in the first half.
It was Kane, though, who caught the eye, twice capitalising on defensive errors to secure a hard-fought victory.
goals summed up the plight of the two sides, with Tottenham capable of
taking the opportunities presented to them while Ramsey's men were
guilty of contributing to their own downfall.
had come back into the game impressively after a bright Tottenham start
when they gifted Kane the simplest of opportunities in the 34th minute.
Townsend swung in a routine free kick from the right that goalkeeper
Robert Green appeared to misjudge, allowing Kane to easily head home
from close range.
Ramsey's side seemed deflated and they would
have been out of the game had Christian Eriksen's shot not rebounded
away to safety off the post two minutes after the restart.
to their credit, then, that they rallied impressively, with Spurs'
goalkeeper Hugo Lloris once again called upon to protect his side's
lead, this time by repelling a powerful shot from Bobby Zamora.
hosts, though, were too vulnerable to Tottenham's attacking strengths
and Austin had already been forced to clear off his own line before Kane
added the second goal in the 68th minute.
Once again the forward
exposed the home side's lack of concentration by easily springing the
offside trap to collect Ryan Mason's through ball before rounding Green
and finishing into an empty net.
But Ramsey's side were not
finished, hauling themselves back into the game through Sandro's
well-placed strike, and seeing a strong penalty claim dismissed when
Nabil Bentaleb appeared to handle Austin's shot.
came off the bench for the home side and sent a good opportunity flying
over the bar, further highlighting the difference in quality between the
two sides in front of goal.
Tottenham's top-four dream remains
alive, but QPR now face an increasingly desperate fight to avoid an
immediate return to the Championship.