No, this isn’t an early April’s Fool’s joke.
England and Tottenham forward, Harry Kane, who recently won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, has revealed that he wants to try to make it as an American Footballer in the NFL, once his football career comes to an end.
Kane, who wants to become one of sports biggest names, revealed in an interview with ESPN, that he has set out plans for retirement in ‘10 or 12 years’, which includes having a crack at becoming a kicker in the NFL because he is so confident in his ability to strike a ball cleanly. He also questioned whether having played in the Premier League and at a World Cup, then playing in the NFL, if he would be considered one of the greatest sportsmen ever.
The England captain, who will become Harry Kane MBE, is a massive NFL fan and has become somewhat fascinated by New England Patriots legend, Tom Brady. He explained that Brady had inspired him while he was out on loan before breaking into the first team at Spurs, after watching him on YouTube.
Kane pointed out that they had both enjoyed a similar path to success, after both being doubted when they were younger, as neither were the best athletes as children. He said, “He gave me a real boost to say, look, anything is possible. If you have that self-belief and that drive and that hunger, you can do it.”
Brady has helped the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl titles over a glittering career and now Kane has that desire to add trophies to his own individual achievements. This will be a concern to Spurs who could see Kane leave them to achieve that ambition of winning trophies, medals and titles.
The fact that Kane is already looking at his future options away from Tottenham is no surprise, as he is one of the most sort after forwards in world football following his six goals at the World Cup in Russia.
He did acknowledge that huge progress has been made by himself and Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, which has seen Tottenham consistently challenge towards the top of the Premier League, and become more of a force in the Champions League.
But Kane said, “Of course we want to go on to the next level and win the Premier League, and win trophies. But to consistently outperform these teams that have always been above us, it shows that we’re in a good place.”
Kane’s future could be linked to the plans Pochettino has, with both men linked to attractive looking deals with the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United.
Tottenham, who are due to make their long awaited move into their new stadium in time for their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, will need to show more ambition than spending money on bricks and mortar in order to retain the services of the England captain.