Harry Kane sends message to Tottenham fans and Leicester after his side's title hopes were ended

Kane opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge but his side could not get the win they needed to stay alive.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has issued a considered and reflective response on Twitter after his side were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea which ended any slim hopes they still had of winning a first league title since 1961.

After Leicester City's draw with Manchester United on Sunday, Spurs needed to beat their London rivals to stay alive in the title race, and though goals from Kane and Son Heung-min gave them a two-goal lead, Gary Cahill's strike and a late Eden Hazard leveller denied them.

A game which was feisty from the off descended into something resembling chaos as the 90 minutes wore on, with a Premier League record of nine Spurs players receiving yellow cards and the two sets of players being involved in more than one scrap.

The nature of that display, though ill-disciplined, showed just how desperate Mauricio Pochettino's players were to stay in the title race heading into the last two matches of the season.

However, Hazard's goal seven minutes from time handed a first ever title to Leicester, completing one of the greatest sporting stories ever told as last season's relegation battlers and the 2014 Championship winners emerged victorious.

After the match, Kane, who took his club tally to 28 goals from 48 games this season, could not hide his disappointment at the result but insisted he was proud of the progress Spurs have made in the last 12 months.

He was also gracious in his congratulations for Leicester - a club he spent three months on loan at during the back end of the 2012-13 season - and hailed Tottenham's fans for the part they have played this season.

Kane's teammate, midfielder Nacer Chadli, also emphasised his pride in his team's achievements after they fell short of overhauling the Foxes.

Spurs must now focus on ensuring that they finish the season in second ahead of rivals Arsenal as they look ahead to fixtures against Southampton and Newcastle United to end their impressive campaign.

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