Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of Harry Kane over criticism for the way he won a penalty in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Brighton.

Kane appeared to draw a foul from Adam Lallana to win the spot kick, which he then converted.

But Spurs boss Mourinho launched an impassioned defence of the England striker, claiming Lallana had been reckless.

"Harry Kane was in a position to control the ball and (Adam) Lallana came in a reckless fashion. Why are you saying it is clever?" Mourinho said.

"Clever is taking the ball and scoring a goal. It's a foul.

"I thought it was a direct free-kick but VAR said it was inside the box because it was on the line. What are we talking about being clever?

"Harry Kane just wants to score goals. Lallana was reckless.

"Why are you speaking about us? Speak about Liverpool, Manchester United, City and others with 'clever' players and getting penalties. Don't speak about Harry Kane."

Tottenham will be without Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier for Thursday's Europa League trip to Ludogorets.

All three players were missing from training on Wednesday ahead of the journey to Bulgaria.

"Reguilon is ill but not Covid, just ill," said Mourinho.

"Lamela was having a little problem for quite a few weeks and we decided it was the time to stop.

"Aurier has a little problem, nothing important."