Harry Kane

‘Kane and Abel?’ ‘Kane is Able!’ The headlines have practically written themselves over the past few months. But while the biblical allusions are by now a little worn, there remains a sense that Harry Kane really does represent the genesis of a new age in English football. With the Tottenham Hotspur striker and Darling of the Lane now poised to make his senior debut for the national side, we return to a time before the bright lights and expectations to talk hard work, handicaps and Gareth Bale.

Photography by Neil Bedford
Interview by Tom Reynolds

This is the extended version of an interview that first appeared in Issue Five of The Green Soccer Journal, Summer 2013 

Describe the definitive moment of your career so far.

I think it’d be making my debut at White Hart Lane for Spurs. I dreamt of it as a kid, growing up that’s what I wanted to do, and when I got that opportunity it was a special moment.

When was that?

Two or three years ago, now. I was eighteen at the time so I was only young. It was a great experience to be involved in and I’m just thankful to everyone that’s helped me during my career so far.

What keeps you focused?

Just the dream of being a footballer. To know that I’m close, and closer than most. And having that dream since boyhood of being a player really makes me want to get to the top and be the best I can be.

What’s the best thing about playing for a London club?

Growing up in London, being a London boy, it’s great to play for a local club and be close to your family. When you do have to go outside of London, it’s part of football – you adapt to it, and you get on with it.

Name an important figure in your life.

I’d say my family – I couldn’t really name one of them, we’re very close. They’ve helped me since I was young and have been a very big part of my career.

Who did you support growing up?

I was a Spurs fan! Being a local boy, that’s what I mean by the dream – it was a dream to play for Spurs as a kid and now that’s what happened.

Name the best player you’ve played with.

Probably Gareth Bale. He’s on top form at the moment, probably one of the best in the world, so to have played with him is a great achievement, and hopefully I’ll play with him again along the way, wherever he may be.

Do you get on well with him?

Yeah, definitely. He’s only young himself, so we do get on well. Everyone in the team gets on well. [Gareth] had to settle in and he’s proven himself now – he’s one of the best in the world.

What are your long-term goals?

To be an England senior international and to play in the Premiership week in, week out. That’s my goal, and it’s been my goal since I was a kid.

How do you spend your free time?

Probably mostly golf or shopping, one of the two. I do like a round of golf in my spare time. I think because you’re active [as a footballer], on your days off you want to get out and do other stuff. Golf is something that I enjoy, so when I get a bit of free time, that’s what I like to do.

What’s your handicap?

Ten, but I’m getting better.

Which player in the first team do you look to for inspiration?

I’d have to say Bale, just for where he’s at at the moment. That’s where I want to be, as one of the best in the world. To have him around, to look up to him, and to try and achieve what he’s achieved at his young age is something that really inspires me. […] He’s had to work his way to the top. It was quite tough for him when he started, but that’s what happens in this business; if you work hard, you can reach the top. […] He had a low time at Spurs at one stage, but now he’s at the top of his game and one of the best in the world, and it just proves that with hard work you can achieve pretty much anything.

This is the extended version of an interview that first appeared in Issue Five of The Green Soccer Journal, Summer 2013 

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