Harry Kane’s dad told him about Arsenal ‘rejection’ before becoming Spurs hero

Tottenham hero Harry Kane has revealed how his dad broke the news about his release from Arsenal as a kid.

These days, Kane, 29, is indelibly associated with the Lilywhites of Spurs. But once upon a time he was a promising young thing in the Gunners' academy, only to be released as an eight-year-old.

The England star spoke about the pain of that rejection on World Mental Health Day, disclosing how he found out the news from his dad. "Rejection is a tricky thing when you're a kid. When I was eight years old, I was released by Arsenal," he said on Instagram.

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"My dad was the one who told me. I wasn't old enough to fully understand the feeling of rejection, and dad didn't show any signs of disappointment. He just put his arm around me and said 'we go again, and work even harder. Let's see where it takes us.' And so we did."

Kane then joined Tottenham, as he explained: "Dad then told me that Tottenham wanted me. We took the opportunity and put in the hard work. I was desperate to make the first team but I had to patient and I had to keep believing in myself."

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His ambitions were realised when an 18-year-old Kane made his Tottenham debut against Hearts in a Europa League qualifier in 2011. It's fair to say he hasn't looked back since, establishing himself as England's no.1 striker and one of the game's most feared marksmen.

Knowing what we know now about the former Leyton Orient and Millwall loanee, it seems incredible to think he was let go by the Gunners because he was deemed "a bit chubby" and "not very athletic."

Those were the words used by Arsenal's former academy director Liam Brady in 2018, when he admitted that the club made an error when they allowed Kane to leave as a boy.

"He was a bit chubby, he wasn't very athletic but we made a mistake," Brady told Corriere della Sera. "But Tottenham sent him out on loan to lower-division clubs three or four times as well.

"But through his determination he has carved out an amazing career and he deserves it. He has a character that drives him to improve all the time."

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