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Harry Kane reveals what Joe Hart said to him before his penalty during Spurs' win over City

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Published 16/02/2016 | 16:27

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (2L) shoots from the penalty spot towards Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart to score his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday
Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (2L) shoots from the penalty spot towards Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart to score his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has revealed what his England team-mate, Joe Hart, said to him in the lead up to his penalty which opened the scoring in the 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday.

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Hart was seen by TV cameras muttering away to Kane as the 22-year-old placed the ball on the spot and waited for referee Mark Clattenburg to give him the signal to take the penalty, but much was made of what Hart could’ve been saying to his international colleague in a bid to put him off.

Long story short, it didn’t work. Hart dived to his right, Kane powered the ball straight down the middle and promptly ran to the away supporters who surged to the front of the Etihad Stadium stand to try and celebrate with the in-form striker.

But in the aftermath of the win that sent Spurs back to second in the Premier League table and pull them to within two points of leaders Leicester City, Kane has revealed what was said between himself and Hart seconds before the opening goal.

“We practice quite a lot when we are away with England and he said ‘I know you like to go to the keeper’s right and down the middle,’” Kane said at a Tottenham Junior Fans’ Forum on Tuesday.

“Then he said ‘I think you’re going to go down the middle’ and I said ‘Ok’ and then put it down the middle,” he added with a smile, knowing that Hart had predicted the outcome of the penalty yet managed to dive the wrong way.

While the victory keeps Spurs well in the title picture – level on points with north London rivals Arsenal with a much healthier goal difference – City now sit six points off top spot and puts them at risk of falling into the clutches of the chasing pack with Manchester United, Southampton and West Ham all harbouring ambitious top-four finishes.

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