Position: Centre- Forward
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
International Team: England
International Appearances: 23
Market Value: £72million
“I’m at my most comfortable out on the pitch when I’m in front of goal with the ball at my feet. It’s about being used to certain situations, and with time, you will find, chances don’t get snatched at.”
Harry Kane has become the first name on the England team sheet after a meteoric rise to fame with Tottenham Hotspurs.
Born in Walthamstow, the 24-year-old spent time in both the Arsenal and Watford youth set-ups before joining Spurs at the age of 11.
It was not all plain sailing back then however as he was forced to go back to boyhood club Ridgeway Rovers after being released by the Gunners after one season.
Even Spurs failed to see his initial promise and passed him over at a trial first time around. Despite these setbacks, the white half of north London finally saw sense and he was on board in 2009 at the age of 16.
Loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City followed and 16 goals from 65 appearances in all competitions while on loan was a taste of what was to come.
The talented hitman made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United on August 18th, 2012 but was then shipped out to the Canaries for the first half of the campaign. He spent the second half of the season with Leicester.
That was the last time that the White Hart Lane faithful would lose the superstar, who scored three top-flight goals from 10 outings the following season.
It was during the 2014-15 campaign that Kane finally blossomed. His first senior hat-trick for the club was against Greek side Asteras Tripoli in the group stage of the Europa League.
He ended up with 31 goals from 51 appearances in all competitions and it was inevitable that England would come calling.
Manager Roy Hodgson gave Kane his debut against Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifying match in March 2015 and he duly scored within 80 seconds of coming onto the pitch.
Eleven more international goals have followed. The five he has scored in 2017 prove just how important he will be to Gareth Southgate’s side at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Kane has been described as an old-fashioned type of forward, not blessed with searing pace but quick enough and with an ability to find himself in the right place at the right time. His passion for the game and for finding the back of the net is plain to see.
He has plenty of skill and an accurate shot from both feet and with 84 top-flight goals already in the bag for Tottenham, the sky is surely the limit for the man labelled ‘one of our own’ by the Spurs’ fans.
Written by Oli Coates
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