Just days ahead of what could be his debut for the England national side, it has been revealed that Harry Kane’s dream of becoming a top-class footballer could almost have ended before it had started.
In what could only be described as some of the most “Spursy” behaviour possible, Tottenham Hotspur sent the striker, then aged 11, a ‘release’ letter telling him he could not progress to the under-12s instead of a ‘retained’ one by mistake.
Luckily for Kane, the error was realised by a coach at White Hart Lane, John Moncur, who then contacted the striker and his family to let them know he was still wanted by the club – luckily for Spurs and England!
“It’s quite funny because the season I left Tottenham, Harry got sent the wrong letter. Instead of getting a retained letter going into his under-12 season, he got a release letter!” said Moncur, reports Daily Mirror.
“It was highlighted to me straight away and I phoned his dad in a bit of panic and said, ‘Look, I’m sorry about this. He got the wrong letter and I will put it right straight away.’
“I managed to do it because the list hadn’t gone into the FA.
“It was only an administration error, but it could have easily slipped by. Luckily I was told about it and we corrected it – well, luckily for Tottenham’s sake as I’m sure Harry would have gone elsewhere.”
If any north London club should be kicking themselves, however, it should surely be Arsenal who it has previously been reported had the striker on their books as a youngster, Kane even appeared in youth team photos, but refrained from giving him a place in the Gunners academy.