Tottenham striker Harry Kane gleefully compares League Cup final with debut against Rochdale…
It’s been quite a ride for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, from his humble beginnings as a 17-year-old making his professional debut against Rochdale, to the dizzying heights of being one of the star attractions of a Wembley cup final.
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There will after all be plenty of eyes on the young striker, who has already scores 24 goals this season, when he attempts to lead his club to their first piece of silverware since 2008. Spurs face Chelsea at the home of English football, in a repeat of the final from seven years ago.
Kane, who was quoted by the Daily Express, said: “I remember making my debut on a wet, foggy evening away at Rochdale. That is about as far from all the glamour as they come!
“Then my next game – my first home game – I managed to score, which was great for a 17-year-old. Time flies when you are a footballer and I cannot believe it is that long ago. Any 17-year-old going to play League football is going to have to learn fast how to toughen themselves up.
“You have to if you want to make a career for myself. It was certainly what I had to do and it has helped me in my career so far. I have been doing a lot of gym work and I have got more muscular as well, as people do. I think that has made the difference.
“At Orient I scored five goals and only made nine starts. Then at Millwall I did well. Maybe at Norwich and Leicester I did not play as much as I would have liked. But that is something you have to learn from.
“I would say to anyone: All my loan spells have helped to make me the player I am today. Confidence, that comes from being on the pitch. I just cannot wait for the next game, as any striker feels when they are scoring goals.”
He added: “That is how important confidence is to strikers – and I am full of it at the moment.”