Harry Kane talks England’s records, a future in golf and his World Cup captains’ WhatsApp

Harry Kane keeps his England shirts in a place of honor to inspire him to write more history.

And there is a sense of destiny in Kane replacing Wayne Rooney as England’s top goalscorer, as the Tottenham striker is now just three behind.

Three Lions captain Kane, 28, scored his first England goal in a 4-0 win over Lithuania in March 2015 after coming on for Rooney, scoring just 79 seconds into his senior debut. Headlines the next day read ‘Hurry up Kane’ and, even more appropriately, ‘They’re Coming for Roo’ as the Spurs man became an overnight sensation. But Kane also got the shirt for England’s victory over Switzerland six months later, when he was on the pitch and scored on the same night Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record. For a player obsessed with sports records, achievement and excellence, those little keepsakes and memories lead to even greater success.

“I don’t know if it’s fate,” Kane said when asked about Rooney’s passing. “At that point, he was a million miles away from his goalscoring record. I remember that night he also broke the record by playing and scoring in that game. I remember how much it meant to him and even to me to be a part of it.

“I saved the shirt from that day and had it at home, not for any reason, but I guess seeing that every day gave me a little bit of motivation to try to do it one day.

“I’m close, but I’m not there yet. We still have some goals ahead of us. I have been happy with my career in England so far, but I still feel there is room for improvement.

“There is more success that I want to have and for sure it comes more like a team appearance and important tournaments, but I look forward to this challenge. »

Kane shoots against Germany last week, England’s 50th goal
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Kane has started two of the Nations League games so far, coming on in the third against Italy on Saturday and will start against Hungary at Molineux. He laughed when someone joked that he only needed four goals on Tuesday night. “It would be nice to have it before the summer,” he smiles.

For anyone other than Kane, that would be unrealistic. Not for Kane, the English striker is not interested in taking a break, he wants to keep going, keep improving and try harder.

Kane has already booked a family vacation, but the sportsman in him also convinced him to cut his break short to play in the Icon Series, a celebrity golf challenge in the United States.

He plays from scratch, even harboring an ambition to become a golf pro after retiring from football, and listed some of the people involved.


Once football is over, could Kane head to the PGA Tour?
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“James Milner, Canelo Alvarez, Michael Phelps from the United States, Michael Strahan, who I’m friends with,” Kane said, curiously without naming Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager who tried to sign him last summer and is also involved.

Kane is much happier this summer than he was last year when he was restless at the European Championship. But golf still excites him.

“I’m far from what the pros are doing right now, I know that for sure,” Kane said. “I focus on football. Golf is a great hobby to take away from football, especially during the season. That’s what I’m using it for now.

“I will be abroad for the three weeks. It’s a great time to hang out with the wife and kids, just to get away from it all. But I’m still one of those people who stays in peak physical condition in the gym; I don’t think you can lose much fitness in three weeks anyway. »

Kane also takes his responsibilities as England captain very seriously. Some national captains have created a WhatsApp group to discuss issues related to the World Cup in Qatar and, in particular, migrant workers and human rights.

He added: “Christian Eriksen contacted me a few weeks ago. Hugo is obviously [Lloris], with whom I still have a lot of contact. So maybe we can do something as a collective. I feel like he’s going to have a little more position, a little more power. »

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