Harry Kane: ‘The rejection of Arsenal was the best thing to me ever happened to’

This weekend is Tottenham-Arsenal the topaffiche in the Premier League. Harry Kane is the North London derby since his youth a special contest. As eight-year-old, he was forwarded to the Gunners… it was a defining moment in his life.

Harry Kane scoring against Arsenal: a familiar image. © BELGAIMAGE

The Players Tribune, a website that the word (and the pen) gives to the men’s professional footballers themselves. This week picked up Harry Kane with a very candid and fascinating, described testimony about his bumpy career path in the direction of the vedettestatus that he these days owns. With special attention for a single event: when he was eight his father got to hear that he is Arsenal had to leave.

“I remember that day crystal clear,” writes Kane. “There was a park right behind our house in Chingford, I went always with my father and brother go to play football. Not really field. Just a patch of grass and two trees, more had we not needed. I then played in the youth of Arsenal. I was eight years old, we walked to the park and all of a sudden my father: ‘I have something to tell you.’ He put his arm over my shoulder and said: “Well Harry… Arsenal let you go.’ I don’t even know anymore what I exactly felt, but I remember how my father reacted. He gave no criticism. He criticized Arsenal. It seemed to him not even to bother. He simply said, ‘Pull the you not to, Harry. We will work harder, we go on and we find another club, okay?” Many fathers who want their son to a professional footballer, would react differently. But my father explained to never pressure on me, he was always positive. Its classical meaning was invariably: ‘Well, let’s get on with it.’ And that is what we did.”

Kane says about his wanderings along the to get from local club Ridgeway Rovers to uitleenbeurten as a Spurs player, Milwall, Norwich and Leicester. Experiences him to be a man made. To finally his chance to get into the A-team of Tottenham.

‘I said it anyway?’

In 2015, he played his first North London derby as a professional footballer in the Spurs. Kane scored two times. “The header that I scored and the feeling when that ball against the net was… I had never before seen such a rush felt. I remember how I, after the match the fans got to applaud and it felt like: -you See, I said it!”

Even when he was at the youth played Spurs it was always a special match against Arsenal. “It may be ridiculous to hear, after all, I was but eight years old when Arsenal me gone – but every time I told them played, I thought:” Let us look who is correct and who was wrong.’ As I look back, is the rejection of Arsenal may be the best thing that happened to me. It gave me a drive that was not present.”

That Arsenal one of Kane’s favorite victims, it is also apparent from the statistics. In seven duels against the Gunners came the English striker six times to score. Curious to see if he Saturday around 15h30 (kickoff at 13h30) re-direction thuisfans can walk for a applausje with as bijgedachte: ‘you See, I said it anyway.’

(Matthias Stockmans)

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