He's one of our own

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane had a dream season. He was the highest scoring Englishman in the Barclays Premier League with 21 goals and scored within 80 seconds of making his senior England debut. Here he exclusively discusses his breakthrough season.

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy helped me massively to get to the Premier League stage. I’ve been here since I was 11 years old. I had a great scholarship with managers like Alex Inglethorpe and John McDermott, who really helped me get that winning mentality and playing the right style of football. I managed to progress and now I’m really enjoying my life in the Premier League.

It certainly isn’t easy to come from the Academy to the First Team. I had to go through a lot and there were plenty of ups and downs along the way. There were loans spells which were good for my development – and there were those that weren’t so good. I’ve had to deal with life on the bench and not getting in to squads. But it was also about being patient, trying to get into the team and fighting for a place. The rewards are there and it’s great for other young players coming through as well to see what I’ve done this season. Hopefully they can do the same.

Harry Kane celebrates

When I was younger, Teddy Sheringham was my favourite, for his goals and movement in bringing others into play.Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

The Premier League has some of the best players in the world, so you need to have that little extra yard of pace and that little bit of strength. That was the biggest part of my game missing, so I did a lot of gym work pre-season on my explosive speed, my power and strength. I worked hard to get that as good as I could be, and I think that has been the big difference.

Harry Kane celebrating with fans

It’s also helped that I’m a home-grown player. When you have come through the Academy the fans have that little extra feeling for you. I know what it’s like to be a fan. You can sense it and the fans have been great to me this season, singing my name. Hopefully I keep on scoring and they keep on singing. When I was younger, Teddy Sheringham was my favourite, for his goals and movement in bringing others into play.

My goal against Aston Villa in November was the defining moment for me. I came off the bench and managed to score a free kick in the last minute of the game to win the match. That set the ball rolling and I’ve managed to start every Premier League game since then and obviously scored a few goals. That’s something I look back at and think what would have happened if that hadn’t have gone in. But that’s football and that’s why everyone loves it.

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