We’ve known for years the story of how Harry Kane was part of the youth ranks at Arsenal, only to end up across North London where he has made a rather frustrating habit out of scoring goals for fun in the white of Tottenham Hotspur instead of Arsenal red at the Emirates.
And in a new interview, the Tottenham number 10 has revealed how his release from the Gunners spurred him onto becoming the player he is today.
While it is painful reading when you realise Arsenal could be in possession of one of world football’s greatest centre forwards, it’s also startling to think how an eight-year-old Kane was released from our academy after being deemed “a bit chubby”.
In the interview with the Times Magazine, the England international says, “It’s been everything.I think people, when they see you playing for Tottenham or England week in, week out, believe that you just get there and that it’s easy. You’ve got it all your own way.
“But a lot of people don’t appreciate the impact of the knock-backs you go through.
“I got released when I was eight years old. And at eight, you don’t know how to react to that.
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“Luckily, I had my family around to keep me concentrated.
“Since then, I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder. I’ve always wanted to prove people wrong. And prove to myself that I can do it, as well. I’m very competitive in everything that I do, sport or non-sport.
“I want to do my best and be the best.”
Kane has gone onto score 160 goals in 244 appearances for Spurs and has helped them lift, erm, well this is awkward.
(h/t the mirror)