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Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane could have a career as an NFL kicker when he retires from football, according to a Spurs legend.
Clive Allen, who knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it in the sport of gridiron, backed the England skipper all the way. The 61-year-old former England international swapped offsides for offence at the end of his football playing days when he joined the London Monarchs, a franchise of NFL Europe.
He reckons Kane would be perfectly "capable" of following him and making the switch, words that will be news to the ears of the 29-year-old England centre-forward, who is a big fan of American Football.
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Kane attended the Super Bowl in 2019 and is pals with New England Patriots hero Tom Brady. He has openly admitted in the past that he has ambitions to become an NFL kicker when he retires.
It's an ambition that Allen fully endorses. "I had that experience with London Monarchs at the end of my career in NFL Europe," Allen told Daily Star Sport in conjunction with cheekypunter.com.
"Harry could do it, he will find it fascinating because it's a completely different technique from kicking a football. It's strange, straight leg, locked knee and pointed toe. He would be capable though, he has the mentality, I've seen him work and train which he would have to do. He would find the challenge incredible and I could see him doing it when he finishes given he follows NFL closely."
Kane spoke last year about his desire to make it as a kicker in NFL. He said: "Of course, there's a lot of technically very gifted players and in NFL kicking, a lot of players can kick it far and high, but I guess it all comes down to who can handle the pressure the best and I feel like the more I watch it, the more I see that, you know, in the big situations.
"A lot of times the game goes down to a last minute field goal, last second field goal. So I'd like to think kind my experience of dealing with that in soccer would put me maybe at an advantage compared to some of the other guys who haven't had that experience, maybe coming out of college or things like that.
"So I guess that's what I'm banking on, of course. But yeah, like I said, it's early stages, but I look forward to hopefully exploring that one day."
For the time being, Kane will be concentrating on scoring plenty more goals in the Premier League, where he is on course to break Alan Shearer's long-standing record.
Kane is currently third in the list of the division's all-time leading scorers, 72 goals behind Newcastle United legend Shearer.
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