June 24, 2021
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first_img Read more Facebook Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messenger ‘Harry Kane is such a normal bloke… Like one of us that made it’ Share via Email Refreshed or disrupted, talismanic Harry Kane is England’s focal point Twitter As a child Kane played for Ridgeway Rovers, where Beckham and Andros Townsend also began their careers, but was rejected by Arsenal and Tottenham and had an unsuccessful trial at Watford. Liam Brady, who was in charge of Arsenal’s academy at the time, said one of the main reasons they let him go was that he was overweight. “He was a bit chubby,” he said. “He wasn’t very athletic, but we made a mistake.” While at Watford he played so well in a game against Tottenham that their coaches decided to re-sign him. “If you’d have said to me at 11 or even 14, would he go on to have the career he’s had? I probably would have said: ‘I doubt it,’” says David Bricknell, who coached him at Ridgeway.He has questionable taste in films Facebook World Cup Share on WhatsApp Harry Kane features World Cup 2018 He went to the same school as David Beckham Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Like Beckham, Kane went to Chingford Foundation School. “Harry was clever, articulate and very humble,” said the English teacher Denis McElligott, who managed one of the school football teams in which Kane starred. “If we were struggling during a game, the tactic would be ‘just give it to Harry’, and he would smash one in from the corner flag.” Also like Beckham he has gone on to captain England and star in ads for men’s fragrances; unlike Beckham he is engaged to an old schoolfriend rather than a pop star and has refused to cover himself in tattoos because “my dad always told me I would regret it when I was older”.He was rejected by Arsenal for being overweight David Beckham in 2005 with an 11-year-old Harry Kane. Photograph: REX Topics Kane and Peter Bradshaw are divided on the merits of the 2009 crime thriller Law Abiding Citizen. Photograph: John Baer Kane and his fiancée, Katie Goodland, have a family home in Essex, complete with swimming pool, cinema-cum-golf-simulator room and temporary World Cup-themed viewing tipi, which they share with their daughter, Ivy, and their two dogs. But last year the Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, revealed that Kane has a second house near Tottenham’s training ground where he stays during the week, allowing him to spend extra hours honing his skills. His work ethic is infamous, though his golden rule of goalscoring is extremely simple: “When you get a clear sight of goal, aim low and hard across the goalkeeper,” he says. “These are the most difficult shots to save.”He is mildly obsessed with NFLSince being introduced to the sport by his fiancee’s brother, Kane has become fascinated by American football. One of his dogs is named after the quarterback Tom Brady, whose story of being underestimated as a youth but through a bit of talent and a lot of graft working his way to fame and glory particularly chimes. “He reminded me of me,” Kane said. “Brady believed in himself so much – and he just kept working and working, almost obsessively, in order to get better.” His dream is to become an NFL placekicker when he hangs up his soccer boots. “It depends on how my career goes and injuries and how I age,” he said, “but I’d love to.” Share on Pinterest Twitter Kane’s favourite film is Law Abiding Citizen. The Gerard Butler action movie scores a meagre 26% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned one star from the Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw on release in 2009. Bradshaw described it as “extremely gory and stomach-churning” and both “silly and nasty at the same time”. When Kane likes something he keeps liking it: in a 2014 interview Kane said his favourite TV show was Dexter, which was still popular at the time having finished the previous year. In an interview this year Kane said his favourite TV show was … still Dexter. “It just had me gripped from the start,” he says.He is having an unusual World CupThe Tottenham striker may be the most deadly marksman at the World Cup, having scored, remarkably, with all six of his shots on target, but 24 players at the tournament have had more than his nine shots. These are not typical Kane statistics, and reflect the limited number of chances England have created: at the European Championship two years ago he had 13 shots and failed to score at all, while in the most recent Premier League season he had 184 goal attempts, 40 more than anyone else and nearly twice the tally of third-place Christian Eriksen (97), 108 of which were off target, and 30 of which went in.He has two houses Share on Twitter Read more Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more