Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was called up to the England squad for the upcoming international friendlies and qualifiers as expected, with the 21-year-old enjoying a wonderful season.
Kane is the top scorer in all competitions out of any top flight player, and took up the fourth striker role as Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert dropped out after the Liverpool man fell out of favour with his club.
In an era where many have the belief that the joy of appearing for your national team has dwindled, it is refreshing to see how much being called up by his country still meant to Kane.
The memories haven’t been kind to the Spurs striker however, after he revealed that he has had many heartbreaks watching England as a fan down the years.
“I was only a kid — I’ve probably cried a few times when we’ve lost penalty shootouts,” Kane reminisced (via Daily Mail).
“I remember the European Championships in 2004. Wayne Rooney was a special player in that tournament and I definitely cried when we got knocked out then.
“I watched all the games in the pub with my family. We used to go to a place called The Sirloin in Chingford, it was quite a good atmosphere in there. I’m a very patriotic England fan, actually. I always wore my heart on my sleeve.
“Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winning penalty, getting Rooney sent off and giving it the wink, I remember it all. I was on holiday in Thailand and Dubai last summer, but I watched the last World Cup as a fan just the same. We can only get better in these tournaments, can’t we? That’s how we should look at it.”
It is usually hoped that the next batch of England players will be not be hindered by the past failures as well as the expectations from the public, with their freedom able to bring glory to the nation.
Kane, alongside the likes of Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling will be the leaders of the new generation and they will be tasked with turning those previous tears into moments of joy.