22-year-old Harry Kane is currently the golden boy of English football (or soccer, if you prefer). While he might not possess the star quality or movie star good looks of the likes of David Beckham, the likable, hardworking, lethal goalscorer is someone everyone would love to have in their team.
Having been at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club since 2004, Kane has been loaned out to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City in his time at the club – and it didn’t really look like he was going to make it there up until recently. Having his debut for Spurs in European competition in the 2011-12 season, Kane finally broke through in no uncertain terms in the 2014-15 season, scoring 21 Premier League goals for Spurs and 31 goals in all competitions.
He is now the first name on the team sheet at White Hart Lane and a mainstay in the England men’s senior team. Moves to huge clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United (for fees estimated at anything between £50 million and £90 million) have been touted in the media, but Kane is happy at Spurs and rightly so – they’re a huge club themselves, are moving in the right direction with a core of good English players, and Harry Kane is a key part of that.
Spurs fans probably know everything there is to know about their hero, but that doesn’t apply to everyone. With that in mind, here are ten things you didn’t know about Harry Kane.
10. His Brother Gets Mistaken For Him A Lot
The second son of Kim and Pat Kane, Harry Kane wasn’t an only child growing up – he has an older brother called Charlie. Charlie slightly resembles his younger sibling (he’s on the left in the picture above – we’ll let you decide what you think about that) and, as a result, often gets mistaken for him.
That could be annoying, but Charlie loves it – and he’s even signed autographs as his brother when fans were convinced he was Harry. Charlie reaps the benefits of being a footballing superstar’s brother – he gets free drinks, is able to attend awards ceremonies and gets to play golf a lot with Harry, as footballers have a lot of free time on their hands!
9. He’s One Of Only 5 Players To Win Back-To-Back Premier League Player Of The Month Awards
The Premier League Player of the Month award is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a monthly award given to the player who performed best in the entire Premier League during that particular period – and Harry Kane jointly holds a proud record related to the award.
Along with Robbie Fowler (1995–96), Dennis Bergkamp (1997), Cristiano Ronaldo (2006) and Jamie Vardy (2015), Kane is one of only five players in Premier League history to win the award in consecutive month – and, bearing in mind the award was first given back in 1994, that’s undeniably one hell of an achievement (especially for someone still in the early years of his career).
8. He Started His Career At Arsenal
It’s a common source of banter between Arsenal and Spurs fans, but the average person might not know that Harry Kane actually started out in his professional career at Tottenham Hotspur’s most bitter local rivals Arsenal. The famous “Harry Kane, he’s one of our own” chants might apply now – Kane is Spurs through and through these days – but he was both a fan of and a junior player for the Gunners back in the day.
After being spotted playing for his local club Ridgeway Rovers, he joined the Arsenal youth academy when he was eight years old in 2001, but was released after just one season. He went back to playing for Ridgeways Rovers for two years, before joining Watford’s academy for a season, then ended up at Spurs. And the rest, as they say, is history.
7. He Could Have Played For The Republic of Ireland
Although Kane is now one of the first names on the England squad list – and indeed an almost guaranteed starter for the England team – his initial failure to make a name for himself at the top level saw him giving serious consideration to playing for the Republic of Ireland instead.
Kane was eligible to play for the Irish through his father, who was born in Galway, but in August 2014 he ruled out switching allegiance, saying that he wanted to break into the England senior team. Prior to that, former Ireland boss Martin O’Neill claimed that Kane had shown a keen interest in potentially accepting a call up to his squad and representing his team.
6. He Was Born Just 5 Miles From White Hart Lane
There’s nothing better for a football club and its fans than a homegrown hero and, in spite of the aforementioned fact that Harry Kane spent a brief amount of time as a child representing local rivals Arsenal, players don’t come much more homegrown to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club than the talented striker.
Kane was born in Chingord – a suburban area in North east London – which is just five miles away from Spurs’ home stadium, White Hart Lane. Not only was he born there, Kane also grew up in Chingford and attended Chingford Foundation School. It is a dream come true for him to be representing his local team at the highest level.
5. He Has Played (And Scored) For England At 5 Different Levels
Harry Kane’s footballing education has been a very progressive one at both club and international level – in fact, in the case of the latter, he has represented his country at no less than five different levels. Kane’s England career has seen him represent the Three Lions at Under-17 level, Under-19 lever, Under-20 level, Under-21 level and, of course, senior level.
Moreover, he has scored whilst playing at all of these levels; 2 goals in 3 appearances for the Under-17s, 6 goals in 14 appearances for the Under-19s, 1 goal in 3 appearances for the Under-20s, 8 goals in 14 appearances for the Under-21s and 4 goals in 10 appearances since breaking through into the senior team. Very impressive.
4. He’s The First Player Since Gary Lineker To Score 25 League Goals For Spurs In A Season
Since breaking into Tottenham’s first team, Harry Kane’s goalscoring record has been incredible. In his breakthrough season of 2014-15, he scored 21 Premier League goals and 31 goals in all competitions. This season – 2015-16 – he has already scored 25 Premier League goals and 28 in all competitions with two games still to play.
Having scored 25 top flight goals this season, Kane becomes the first to reach that total for Spurs since the legendary Gary Lineker – the current presenter of BBC show Match of the Day – did so in the pre-Premier League era back in the 1991-92 season. In fact, only Teddy Sheringham, Jürgen Klinsmann and Gareth Bale have reached 20 in one season since then – which is brilliant company for Harry Kane to be keeping at such a young age.
3. He Loves A Variety Of Other Sports
Aside from the obvious fact that Harry Kane is a great footballer and a lover of the beautiful game, he’s also keen on a number of other sports – something that is clear to see if you follow him on his Twitter account.
He regularly comments on televised cricket matches, often talks about his golfing exploits, occasionally posts tweets and pictures of himself when he’s out running and/or cycling, and he obviously keeps an eye on MMA, given that he jokingly offered to fight UFC star Conor McGregor on Twitter! Do you think Harry “Hurricane” Kane could hack it in the octagon?!
2. He’s Still With His Childhood Sweetheart
At the age of 22, Harry Kane is already in a long-term relationship with his childhood sweetheart Katie Goodland. The couple appears to be very happy together and Katie often posts pictures and videos on her Instagram account with Harry, whether it be in their home life or on holiday – and she’s even posted some from Spurs’ games.
Kane confirmed the relationship publicly back in February of 2015, telling Esquire magazine “We went to school together, so she’s seen my whole career. Of course, she’s finding it a little crazy. I think she’s even been in the papers a couple of times taking the dogs out”.
1. It Was Argued THIS SEASON That Spurs Are Better Off Without Him!
For many people – Spurs supporters in particular – Harry Kane is Tottenham Hotspur’s star player, but a remarkable statistic from just a couple of months ago suggested that the club would have more points this season without the deadly striker in their team!
The statistic – which was presented on Sky Sports’ website back in February of this year – shows that, without Kane’s goals, Spurs would only have had one point less than they had with them. On the flip-side, the statistics show that Kane’s own goal against Swansea cost the team two points – meaning Spurs would have had a point more without him playing! It’s crazy – and he’s scored some important goals since then – but to even have it suggested that he has had a negative effect on the team was insane!