‘We played Tottenham… I scored a hat-trick and that night they phoned my dad’: Harry Kane reveals Spurs initially REJECTED him following a trial, before they changed their mind after he hit three goals AGAINST them for Watford
- Harry Kane took time to speak with Jamie Redknapp in a live Q&A on Instagram
- The Tottenham talisman reveals how he initially got rejected by the club at age 11
- Kane went on to score a hat-trick against Spurs for Watford to change their mind
- Kane is currently in lockdown along with Redknapp due to coronavirus outbreak
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Harry Kane has revealed how his career at boyhood club Tottenham nearly never happened following a failed six-week trial as an 11-year-old.
On Sunday, in a live Q&A interview with Sportsmail’s Jamie Redknapp on Instagram, Kane was asked a series of questions about his time in football to date and where it all started for him.
The 26-year-old — now one of the club’s most prolific strikers in history — revealed how Tottenham initially turned him away as a youngster before proving to them that he had what it takes.
Harry Kane reveals how he was initially rejected by Spurs before convincing them to rethink
Kane took time to speak with Jamie Redknapp in a live Q&A on Instagram on Sunday
‘I went to Arsenal academy when I was six or seven. That was my first taste,’ Kane told Redknapp.
‘I was there for two years, and then they (Arsenal) released me. I went back playing for Ridgeway Rovers, my Sunday league club, and Tottenham picked me up when I was 11.
‘It was a six-week trial and they said that they weren’t going to sign me. I went to Watford on a trial, and we played Tottenham in a game.
‘I scored a hat-trick, and that night the head of academy phoned my dad and said they wanted to sign me.
‘It was a difficult decision, but I think I made the right choice in the end. I wasn’t the best player in that team, I wasn’t physically strong. At 15 I started to really develop, then at 16, 17 years of age I started to train with the first team and went from there.’
Kane (front row, left) was at Arsenal’s academy for two years before he was released
Kane (R), pictured with David Beckham, would go on to show Spurs that he had what it takes
Kane has become a vital figure at Tottenham and is now the club’s third highest goalscorer
It is known that Kane initially struggled in his earlier years at Tottenham.
The forward made the jump up to Spurs’ senior squad in 2009 before he was sent out on loan four times – a rather unsuccessful spell during his career.
Time spent away on loan at Leicester, Norwich, Leyton Orient and Millwall provided him with that steely determination that has seen him go on to break goalscoring records for Tottenham.
The England skipper is currently recovering from a hamstring issue while in lockdown following government instructions to stay indoors during the coronavirus outbreak.
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