Harry Edward Kane (born 28 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team.
Kane made his senior debut for Tottenham on 25 August 2011 in a UEFA Europa League match against Hearts. Before establishing himself in Tottenham's first team, he spent time on loan in League One playing for Leyton Orient, in the Championship playing for Millwall and Leicester City and in the Premier League for Norwich City.
He became a regular starter and goalscorer for Tottenham in the 2014–15 season, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award twice, for January and February 2015. With 31 goals across the campaign, 21 of which were in the league, he was also named the PFA Young Player of the Year. Kane finished top scorer of the 2015–16 Premier League season with 25 goals, and aided Tottenham in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
Kane represented England at youth levels, playing for the under-17, -19, -20 and -21 levels. He scored on his senior international debut on 27 March 2015 and was selected for UEFA Euro 2016.
Kane was born in Chingford, London.He is of Irish descent through his father who is from Galway. After playing for local club Ridgeway Rovers, he joined the Arsenal youth academy when he was eight years old, and was released after one season; manager Arsène Wenger stated in November 2015 that he was disappointed that Arsenal chose to release Kane. He returned back to his old club, only to be signed by Watford academy with whom he spent two seasons before joining Tottenham Hotspur. 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. In July 2009, upon turning 16, he signed a scholarship contract with Tottenham.
In the 2009–10 season, Kane played 22 times for Tottenham’s under-18s, scoring 18 goals. He signed his first professional contract with the club in July 2010. Kane appeared on the first-team bench twice during the 2009–10 season. Both matches were in home domestic cup victories: one the League Cup fixture against Everton on 27 October 2009 and the other in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Bolton Wanderers on 24 February 2010.
Harry Kane is set to sign a lucrative new five-year contract with Tottenham in the coming weeks after agreeing a deal to make him the club’s best-paid player. Kane, who finished last season as the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner with 25 goals, failed to find the net at Euro 2016 as England were knocked out in the last-16 by Iceland.
Tottenham are determined to resist any potential approaches for the 22-year-old in this summer’s transfer market and have been in negotiations with his representatives since March. A deal in principle has now been agreed, with Kane poised to earn almost £100,000 a week after committing himself to the club until 2021.
Having increased his wages to around £50,000 a week when he signed a five-and-half-year deal in February 2016, the new contract will be the third signed by the product of Tottenham’s youth academy since August 2014. That reflects his rapid emergence from the fringes of the first-team squad, having been sent out on loan to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester between 2011 and 2013.
Kane has scored 49 goals in 83 matches for Spurs, narrowly edging out his England team-mate Jamie Vardy for the Golden Boot in May. He could soon be competing with a new rival, however, with Tottenham reportedly ready to raise their bid for Holland striker Vincent Janssen to €20m. AZ Alkmaar rejected an €18m bid for the 22-year-old last week, leading Janssen to openly criticise the club’s management for not allowing him to leave.
Kane initially struggled in Tottenham's academy, as partially due to his date of birth in July, he was not as physically developed as other players, nor was he as quick. However, he gained the respect of coaches with his technique and desire for self-improvement.
When profiling Kane in February 2013, Talksport said that he was best as a second striker, despite also having ability as a centre forward or in a wide position.They wrote that he preferred to place his shots, although he could also score from distance. The report also noted that he had good pace, but was weak in the air and had not scored on his loan at Norwich. Initially a back-up to £26 million Spanish import Roberto Soldado and frequently loaned out, Kane was eventually made Tottenham's starting forward by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
After facing harsh criticism from England veteran Alan Shearer, Jack Wilshere has come out in defence of his teammate, Harry Kane. Earlier Shearer had slammed Roy Hodgson's footballing tactics that England implemented at Euro 2016 stating that a lot of factors were responsible for England's humiliating exit from the tournament. Hodgson has since been under fire from multiple sources who claim that he never really understands football.
One of the things that Shearer had focussed upon while reviewing England's dismal run so far was Hodgson's decision to keep letting Harry Kane take all the corners for his team. "He is England's No 1 centre-forward and one of our best headers of a ball. So why on earth is Roy Hodgson asking him to take corners? It is like asking Lewis Hamilton to change his own tyres," he wrote in The Sun.
Shearer went on to explain how inept all of Hodgson’s tactics had been up until the present and had questioned the manager’s stubborn stance in sticking to his methods despite results. Up until recently, that opinion stood and was shared by football experts who were definitely no fans of Roy Hodgson.
Jack Wilshere, recently, spoke up in favour of this mysterious tactic. Apparently, Kane has a “special technique” for set-pieces which makes him the man for the job. “He practises a lot on his free-kicks. He’s got a special free-kick. He’s got that technique where it goes all over the place. Not many players can do that.”, Wilshere stated to The Times.
“He’s worked on his corners as well and, for me, he’s good enough to take them. I’ve heard some people say they want him in the box. I think when you’ve got that special technique you can make an exception.”
England's exit from the Euros has rattled the FA enough to make some changes at the helm of the club, a series of actions that began with erstwhile manager Roy Hodgson stepping down from his position. Hopefully, this will improve England's chances in the future.
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