Monday 14 October 2019

Kane dreaming of career in the NFL

Tottenham's Harry Kane. Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters
Tottenham's Harry Kane. Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters

Matt Law

Harry Kane has revealed he wants to try to make it in the NFL once his football career comes to an end and become one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

In an interview with ESPN, Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane set out his plans for retirement in "10 or 12 years" that includes having a go at becoming a kicker in the NFL. The England captain, who won the golden boot at last summer's World Cup, is a huge NFL fan after becoming fascinated with New England Patriots legend Tom Brady.

Kane is convinced his ability to strike a football can be transferred to the NFL and the 25-year-old said: "That's real, something that in 10 or 12 years I definitely want to try. It goes back to that drive to be the best.

"Even if I download a game on my phone, can I be the best in the world? If you play in the Premier League and the World Cup and you then play in the NFL, would you then be considered one of the greatest sportsmen ever?"

Explaining how Brady inspired him while he was out on one of his many loans before breaking through at Spurs, Kane added: "I started watching him on YouTube. We've had a similar path, being doubted when we were younger, not being the best athletes as kids. It was a big inspiration. Not many thought he'd become that good, or even play in the NFL, and he went on to become the best ever."

Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion and Kane has reiterated his desire to add trophies to his individual achievements. "It's something you assess along the way," said Kane. "A lot of people say this is maybe the best team we've had, and the best manager."

Kane's future could be linked to the plans of Mauricio Pochettino, his manager, who has attracted interest from bigger clubs.

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