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Harry Kane

Harry Edward Kane MBE (born 28 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the England national team. Born and raised in the London district of Walthamstow, Kane began his professional career at Tottenham Hotspur, where, after fast progression through the team’s youth academy, he was promoted to the senior team in 2009, at age 16. He did not initially feature for the side, and was loaned out several times to clubs across the English football pyramid, including Leyton Orient, Millwall, Leicester City, and Norwich City.

Kane’s involvement at Tottenham began to increase following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as head coach in 2014. In his first full season at the club, Kane scored 31 goals across all competitions, and finished as the league’s second highest goalscorer, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award. After the following campaign, at age 23, Kane finished as league’s top goalscorer, and guided the club to UEFA Champions League qualification. In the 2016–17 season, Kane also completed the season as the league’s top goalscorer, and helped the club finish as the competition’s runners-up, while he won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award. In the 2017–18 season, Kane registered his best campaign statistically to date, with 41 goals scored in 48 games in all competitions, and in the following season, he finished as a runner-up in the UEFA Champions League. Kane holds the record for most Premier League Player of the Month awards (six; shared with Steven Gerrard and Sergio Agüero) and has been selected for the PFA Team of the Year four times. In November 2019, he became Tottenham’s third-highest all-time goalscorer in official competitions.

Harry Kane

Kane has scored 32 goals in 45 games for England. He appeared and scored at every youth level and made his senior debut in March 2015, aged 21, scoring in that game. Kane featured and scored during UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, before he was selected as the squad’s captain from May 2018, prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In the tournament, Kane led England to fourth place, their highest finish since 1990. He also finished as the top goalscorer, winning the Golden Boot.[4]

Early life

Harry Edward Kane was born in Walthamstow, London to Kim and Patrick Kane and has one older brother, Charlie.[5][6][7] He has Irish ancestry through his father who is from Galway.[8][9] The family moved to Chingford where he attended Larkswood Primary Academy until 2004,[10][11] followed by Chingford Foundation School (also attended by David Beckham).[12] He played football from a young age, joining a local club, Ridgeway Rovers, when he was six in 1999.[13] Kane talked about footballing in the family:

Kane also said: “Most of my family were Spurs fans and I grew up 15 minutes from the ground, so I was always going to be a Spurs fan”.[14] He named former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham his childhood idol, and saw him as a “great finisher” and a role model in his ability to get in the box and score goals.[15] Other childhood sporting influences he cited include David Beckham and Jermain Defoe.[16] Kane has also spoken of his admiration for the former Brazil forward Ronaldo, adding that he loved to watch footage of him on YouTube: “He was one of the first ones I looked at and thought, ‘Wow. He’s a goalscorer, I want to be a goalscorer.'”[17]

Club career

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2004-10: Youth career

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Kane first played for a local club, Ridgeway Rovers, and joined the Arsenal youth academy when he was eight years old. He was released after one season for being “a bit chubby” and not “very athletic”, according to Liam Brady who was then in charge of Arsenal’s academy.[18] Manager Arsène Wenger stated in November 2015 that he was disappointed that Arsenal chose to release Kane.[19] He also had a trial at Tottenham Hotspur but was not initially successful,[20] and he returned to his old club Ridgeway Rovers. In 2004, at the age of eleven, he joined Watford academy for a four to six-week trial, and was then given another chance at Tottenham after he impressed playing for Watford against Tottenham.[21][22] He first played at Tottenham as a midfielder – initially in a holding position, then as an attacking midfielder.[20] In his early days at the club, he did not stand out as a player as he was not big nor was he particularly quick, but those who worked with him noted his constant desire to improve various aspects of his game.[6] In the 2008–09 season, he played in the under-16s side that competed in the Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico, and the Bellinzona tournament in Switzerland, scoring three goals.[23] In July 2009, on his 16th birthday, he signed a scholarship contract with Tottenham.[24]

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In the 2009–10 season, Kane played 22 times for Tottenham’s under-18s, scoring 18 goals.[25] Kane appeared on the first-team bench twice during the 2009–10 season.[26] Both matches were in home domestic cup victories: one the League Cup fixture against Everton on 27 October 2009[27] and the other in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Bolton Wanderers on 24 February 2010.[28] He signed his first professional contract with the club in July 2010.[29]

2010–14: Loan spells across England

On 7 January 2011, Kane moved to Leyton Orient on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season.[30] Manager Russell Slade was “happy” at his arrival and said, “I’m sure he will have an impact with us over the coming months”.[31] He made his first-team debut for Orient on 15 January, coming on as a substitute for Scott McGleish in the 73rd minute of a 1–1 draw away to Rochdale.[32] A week later, Kane scored his first first-team goal against Sheffield Wednesday; making his first-ever start, “unmarked” Kane scored from a Dean Cox freekick in the 57th minute as Orient eventually won 4–0.[33][34] Slade said that he was “delighted” that Kane scored a goal on his first league start.[31] On 12 February, he scored twice in a 4–1 win over Bristol Rovers, after coming on as a substitute for McGleish in the 70th minute.[35] He ended the season scoring five goals in 18 matches.[36]

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On 25 August 2011, Kane made his first appearance for Tottenham, starting in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualification round against Hearts, with Tottenham making changes after winning the first leg 5–0. His debut was a goalless match, although he won a penalty after being fouled by goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, who then saved the penalty which Kane took himself.[37] He went on to make six appearances in the Europa League that season, scoring his first Tottenham goal in the 4–0 win away to Shamrock Rovers on 15 December 2011.[38]

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On 29 December 2011, Kane and Tottenham teammate Ryan Mason agreed to join Championship club Millwall on loan from 1 January 2012 until the end of the season.[39] After making his debut against Bristol City, manager Kenny Jackett said that he had “very good debut” but was “unlucky not to score”. He also said that Kane would “be a good addition” for the club in the second half of the season. He went on to score seven goals in the final 14 matches of the season.[31] Kane scored nine goals in 27 matches which resulted in him being named Millwall’s Young Player of the Year for 2011–12.[40] His run of goals scored towards the end of the season has been credited with helping to raise Millwall in the table away from the threat of relegation that season.[41]

Kane spent pre-season 2012–13 season with Tottenham, scoring a hat-trick in a 6–0 away win against Southend United on 10 August 2012.[42] On 18 August, he made his Premier League debut, against Newcastle United.[43] Coming as an 86th-minute substitute for Sandro, Tottenham lost the match 2–1.[31]

On 31 August 2012, Kane joined Premier League team Norwich City on a season-long loan,[44] making his debut as a substitute against West Ham United.[45] Kane suffered an injury, breaking a metatarsal bone, in the League Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers in only his second appearance.[46] The 19-year-old underwent his rehabilitation at Tottenham but returned to action for Norwich on 29 December 2012, coming off the bench at half time as Norwich lost 3–4 to Manchester City.[47] However, with Tottenham having been unable to add to their attacking options during the January transfer window, they opted to recall Kane on 1 February 2013, four months before he was due to return.[48]

Twenty days after he was recalled to Tottenham, Kane joined Leicester City for the remainder of the season to aid in the club’s push for automatic promotion from the Championship.[49] He marked his home debut with a goal against Blackburn Rovers, in a 3–0 win on 26 February 2013.[50] He made 13 appearances for the East Midlands club, eight from the bench, and they reached the play-off semi-final before being eliminated by Watford.[51]

Kane scored his first Tottenham goal of the 2013–14 season at White Hart Lane in a League Cup tie against Hull City, scoring the equaliser in extra time, the match finished 2–2.[52] Tottenham won 8–7 on penalties, with Kane taking and converting the fifth of the nine sets of spot-kicks.[52]

 

 

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