Harry Kane - Biography

Harry Edward Kane is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the England national team. Kane is widely considered as one of the best forwards in the world, because to his spectacular goal-scoring record and ability to link up play.

Kane began his professional career at Tottenham Hotspur, when he was promoted to the senior squad at the age of 16 after quickly progressing through the club's junior system. Kane was born and raised in the London borough of Waltham Forest. He was loaned out to a number of clubs across the English football pyramid, including Leyton Orient, Millwall, Leicester City, and Norwich City, but never made his senior team debut.

Kane's position at Tottenham began to rise after the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino as head coach in 2014. In his first full season with the club, Kane scored 31 goals in all competitions, was the Premier League's second-highest striker, and was named PFA Young Player of the Year.

In both the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons, Kane was the league's highest goal scorer. In the latter season, he was named PFA Fans' Player of the Year after helping Tottenham to a second-place finish in the competition.

Kane has scored 41 goals in 64 appearances for England. At the age of 21, he made his senior squad debut in March 2015, after playing and scoring at every youth level. Kane played and scored in England's UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, as well as representing the country at the tournament. In May 2018, just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he was selected captain of the team.

Kane was the tournament's top striker, collecting the Golden Boot, and helping England to their highest finish since 1990 in fourth place. He also led England to a second-place finish at UEFA Euro 2020, the country's first appearance in a tournament final and first major final since 1966.


Kane was born in Walthamstow, London, to Kim (née Hogg) and Patrick Kane. He has one older brother, Charlie. He has Irish origins because his father is from Galway. Kane was a student at Larkswood Primary Academy until 2004, when he moved to Chingford Foundation School (also attended by David Beckham). He started playing football when he was six years old, when he joined Ridgeway Rovers, a local team.

Kane discussed his family's passion for football. Although it is a contentious subject in the Kane household, I feel my athletic genes come from my mother's side of the family. On my Mother's side, my Grandfather Eric was a skilled player who I believe played at a high level.

'I grew up 15 minutes from the pitch and the majority of my family was a Spurs fan, so I was always going to be a Spurs fan,' Kane explained. Teddy Sheringham, a former Tottenham striker, was his childhood hero, and he saw him as a 'great finisher' and role model for his ability to enter the box and score goals. He also cited David Beckham and Jermain Defoe, two of his childhood sports heroes.

Kane has also voiced his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Brazil striker, noting that he enjoys watching films of him on YouTube: 'He was the first person I watched and thought to myself, 'Wow.' He's a goal scorer, and I aspire to be like him.''

Kane with his family
personal life

In a February 2015 interview, Kane acknowledged to being in a relationship with Katie Goodland, whom he has known since childhood. To Esquire, he stated, 'Since we were in elementary school together, she has observed my entire career. She, of course, thinks it's a little crazy. She's been in the news a few times with the dogs, I suppose.' On July 1, 2017, Kane confirmed his engagement to Goodland on Twitter, and the couple married in June 2019.

Brady and Wilson, Kane and Goodland's Labrador retrievers, are named after Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, respectively. Kane attributes his development to The Brady 6, a documentary on Brady. Kane stated in 2019 that he aspires to be an NFL kicker 'in 10 to 12 years.'

Kane abstains from alcohol throughout the football season, and in 2017, he hired a full-time chef to assist him with his diet. He enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Kane was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours for his achievements to football.

Kane with his wife
Tottenham Hotspur

Kane began his career with a local team, Ridgeway Rovers, before joining the Arsenal youth academy at the age of eight. According to Liam Brady, who was then in charge of Arsenal's academy, he was discharged after one season because he was 'a little fat' and 'not particularly athletic.' Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger expressed his disappointment with Kane's release in November 2015. He also had a trial with Tottenham Hotspur, but it did not go well, therefore he returned to his former club Ridgeway Rovers.

He joined Watford's academy for a four to six-week trial when he was eleven years old, and was then offered another shot at Tottenham after impressing when playing for Watford versus Tottenham. He began his career with Tottenham as a midfielder, first as a holding midfielder and then as an attacking midfielder.

Kane scored 18 goals in 22 appearances for Tottenham's under-18s in the 2009–10 season. During the 2009–10 season, Kane made two appearances on the first-team bench. Both matches were in home domestic cup victories: one against Everton in the League Cup on October 27, 2009, and the other against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on February 24, 2010.

In July 2010, he signed his first professional deal with the club. Kane joined Leyton Orient on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season on 7 January 2011. 'I'm confident he will have an influence with us over the coming months,' manager Russell Slade said of his arrival. On 15 January, he made his first-team debut for Orient, replacing Scott McGleish in the 73rd minute of a 1–1 draw away at Rochdale.

Kane scored his first first-team goal against Sheffield Wednesday a week later, 'unmarked' in his first-ever start. Orient triumphed 4–0 thanks to Kane's goal from a Dean Cox freekick in the 57th minute. Kane scored a goal in his first league start, according to Slade, who was 'delighted.' He scored twice in a 4–1 win over Bristol Rovers on February 12th, after replacing McGleish in the 70th minute. He scored five goals in 18 games at the end of the season.

Kane debuted for Tottenham on August 25, 2011, starting the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualification round against Hearts, with Tottenham making changes after winning the first match 5–0. Although he won a penalty after being fouled by goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, Kane took the penalty himself, which was saved by MacDonald. That season, he made six Europa League appearances, scoring his first Tottenham goal in a 4–0 win away to Shamrock Rovers on December 15, 2011.

Kane played for Tottenham during the 2012–13 preseason, scoring a hat-trick in a 6–0 away win over Southend United on August 10, 2012. He made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United on August 18th. Tottenham defeated 2–1 when Sandro came on as an 86th-minute substitute.

Kane joined Norwich City on a season-long loan on August 31, 2012, and made his Premier League debut as a substitute against West Ham United. Kane broke his metatarsal bone in his League Cup fixture against Doncaster Rovers, which was only his second appearance. The 19-year-old completed his recovery at Tottenham before returning to Norwich on December 29, 2012, as a half-time substitute in a 3–4 loss at Manchester City.

Spurs chose to recall Kane on 1 February 2013, four months before he was eligible to return, after failing to add to their offensive alternatives during the January transfer window.

Kane joined Leicester City for the remainder of the season, twenty days after being recalled by Tottenham, to help the club battle for automatic promotion from the Championship. On February 26, 2013, he made his home debut with a goal in a 3–0 triumph over Blackburn Rovers. He played 13 times for the East Midlands club, eight of them as a substitute, as they advanced to the play-off semi-finals before losing to Watford.

Kane made his Premier League debut for Tottenham on April 7, 2014, in a 5–1 win over Sunderland, and scored his first Premier League goal in the 59th minute. In the following match, he also scored, helping Tottenham to come back from a 3–0 hole against West Bromwich Albion to draw 3–3. On April 19, he scored for the third time in as many games, this time in a 3–1 home win over Fulham in the London derby.

Kane made his first Premier League appearance of the 2014–15 season as a substitute against West Ham on the opening day of the season, assisting Eric Dier on the game-winning goal. He scored in both of Tottenham's UEFA Europa League play-off matches against AEL Limassol of Cyprus, scoring an 80th-minute winner in the first leg and opening the scoring in the 3–0 second leg victory after missing a penalty. On September 24, 2014, he scored a late goal in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest to give Tottenham a 3–1 victory.

Kane scored his first professional hat-trick for Tottenham in a 5–1 win over Asteras Tripoli in the UEFA Europa League group stage on October 23, 2014. After Hugo Lloris was sent off with no replacements remaining, Kane was forced to play in goal for the final three minutes and conceded a goal after he dropped a free-kick from Jerónimo Barrales.

Kane signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the club on February 2, 2015. He scored both goals as Tottenham recovered from behind to upset Arsenal in the North London derby five days later, his 21st and 22nd goals of the season in all competitions. Kane was voted Premier League Player of the Month for February 2015 after scoring against Arsenal, Liverpool, and West Ham United, becoming only the fourth player to win the honour in consecutive months.

On March 1, 2015, Tottenham lost the League Cup Final 2–0 against Chelsea, which Kane termed as the 'worst feeling in the world.' He scored his first Premier League hat-trick in a 4–3 home triumph over his old loan club Leicester twenty days later, bringing his season total to 19 league goals, making him the division's leading scorer.

Kane drew a large crowd at the Westfield Sydney shopping centre during Tottenham's pre-season tour of Australia, prompting the club to send a minibus to accompany him away. Tottenham played in the 2015 MLS All-Star Game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, on July 29, 2015. They were defeated 2–1 by the MLS All-Stars, with Kane scoring a consolation goal in the 37th minute after overcoming an Omar Gonzalez challenge, and he was then replaced in the 77th minute.

On October 25, 2015, Kane scored a hat-trick, including a penalty that he won himself, as Tottenham rallied back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Bournemouth 5–1 at Dean Court. Eight days later, he scored his fifth goal of the season in a 3–1 victory over Aston Villa at home. He gave Tottenham a half-time lead against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on November 8, 2015, despite the game ending in a 1–1 draw; this goal past Petr ech came from his first touch of Danny Rose's long pass.

For the third time in his career, Kane was named Premier League Player of the Month in March 2016, after scoring five goals in four games, including one in the North London derby. Kane became the club's all-time leading goalscorer in a single Premier League season after scoring his 22nd league goal in a 1–1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on April 2. With six games remaining in the season, Kane became the club's all-time leading goalscorer.

With 25 goals, Kane finished the season one goal ahead of Sergio Agüero and Jamie Vardy for the Premier League Golden Boot. For the second year in a row, he was named to the PFA Team of the Year after helping Tottenham to a third-place finish and UEFA Champions League qualification.

Kane captained Tottenham in their first home match of the 2016–17 season in the absence of Hugo Lloris, assisting Victor Wanyama's winning goal as Spurs defeated Crystal Palace 1–0 in a London derby at White Hart Lane. He made his Premier League debut on the fourth matchday of the season, scoring the game's final goal in a 4–0 victory over Stoke City.

Kane made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 2–1 loss to Monaco at Wembley Stadium on September 14, 2016. He scored the game-winning goal against Sunderland in the Premier League four days later, but had to be assisted off the field after hurting his right ankle trying to tackle Papy Djilobodji. According to reports, Kane's ankle ligaments were damaged, putting him out for six to eight weeks.

Kane returned from a five-match suspension in the Premier League and three in the Champions League group stage on November 6, scoring a penalty to equalise in a 1–1 draw against Arsenal. He scored his first Champions League goal against Monaco at the Stade Louis II on November 22, a game that saw Spurs ousted from the competition with a 2–1 loss.

In an FA Cup encounter against former loan club Millwall in March 2017, he injured his ankle. Kane scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season against Bournemouth on April 15, his first start after returning from injury in a month. After Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, and Ruud van Nistelrooy, he became the fourth player in Premier League history to score 20 goals in three successive seasons.

Kane was named to the PFA Team of the Year for the third season in a row on April 20. He was also named to the PFA Players' Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year shortlists, which comprised six players. He scored in Tottenham's 4–2 FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium two days later. Harry Kane scored a 2–0 goal in Tottenham's 2–1 win over Manchester United at White Hart Lane on 14 May. Kane had 22 goals with two games left in the season, two fewer than Romelu Lukaku.

With seven goals in his last two games, a 6–1 win over defending champions Leicester City and a 7–1 win over Hull City, Kane concluded the Premier League season as the top scorer with 29 goals, becoming only the sixth player in Premier League history to do so.

Kane scored a brace in three of Tottenham's following four outings across all competitions after failing to score in the club's opening three games. On September 9th, he scored his 100th goal for the club in his 169th outing against Everton. Kane scored his first UEFA Champions League hat-trick in a 3–0 group stage triumph over Cypriot champions APOEL on September 26. For the seventh time, he was named Premier League Player of the Month, and he named September 2017 as the best month of his career, scoring 13 goals in ten club and international appearances.

Kane equaled Alan Shearer's Premier League goal record of 36 in a calendar year on December 23, scoring a hat-trick in a 0–3 away win over Burnley. He broke Shearer's record the following game with a hat-trick in a 5–2 home win over Southampton, giving him 39 Premier League goals for the season. The hat-trick was his sixth in the Premier League this season (eighth overall), making him the first player in Premier League history to score six hat-tricks in a calendar year.

With 56 goals in all competitions for the year, he also broke Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's seven-year reign as Europe's best goal scorers in a calendar year.

Kane went scoreless in the season opener against Newcastle United before scoring against Fulham the following weekend. He broke his hoodoo of failing to score a Premier League goal in August by doing so. In the following game, he scored for the first time at Old Trafford as Tottenham triumphed 3–0, their first away win against Manchester United since 1992 and their greatest away win against the club in 46 years. On January 1, 2019, he scored the game's first goal against Cardiff, making him the only player in Premier League history to score against every team he has faced.

Kane ruptured his ankle ligaments late in a match against Manchester United on January 13, 2019, missing numerous crucial games, including the Champions League last-16 home game.

Kane scored twice in Tottenham's first game of the 2019–20 season, a 3–1 home win over Aston Villa. Kane's first goal of the game came at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he had never scored before. Kane suffered a hamstring injury in an away encounter against Southampton on January 1, 2020, which finished in a 1–0 defeat. His hamstring injury necessitated surgery, which would keep him out of play for a few months. He did not play any more matches until June 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the suspension of League matches.

He scored his first goal of 2020 against West Ham on June 23 in his 200th Premier League game for Tottenham, securing a 2–0 victory.

Kane scored his first goal of the season in a Europa League encounter against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, assisting on a 2–1 victory after Plovdiv had two players sent off late in the second half. Spurs defeated Southampton 5–2 with his first league goal of the 2020–21 season in the second league encounter, following a four-goal binge by Son Heung-min, who was assisted by Kane. This is the first time in Premier League history that a player has supplied four assists to the same teammate in a single game, and Kane is only the sixth player in Premier League history to do so, and the first English player to do so.

He scored his 23rd goal of the season in a 4–2 win over Leicester City on May 23, earning his third Golden Boot honour of his career. He also won the Premier League Playmaker of the Season award for most assists in a season, making him only the third player in Premier League history to win both the Golden Boot and the Playmaker accolades in the same season.

The 2021–22 season was preceded by a squabble over Kane's intention to leave Tottenham, with Kane claiming to have reached an agreement with chairman Daniel Levy to leave in the summer. The transaction was thwarted by Levy, who dismissed Manchester City's interest in Kane's services. Kane missed the first two games of the season after failing to show up for pre-season training. In his debut game of the season, he only came on as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

On August 25, Kane announced his intention to continue at Tottenham, and the following day he made his first start in the Europa Conference League against Paços de Ferreira. He scored twice in a 3–0 win to advance the squad to the Conference League's group stage for the 2021–22 season.

Harry Kane Playing for Tottenham Hotspur
A career in the international arena

Kane scored the first goal in a 2–1 friendly win over Turkey at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 22, 2016, but then missed a penalty. He was the first England player to miss a penalty kick since Frank Lampard in 2010, and the first since Peter Crouch in 2006. Kane was allocated to take corner kicks at the European Championship in France that June, a move that was criticised by analysts but defended by Hodgson, who believed Kane was the best player for the job.

Kane made his England debut in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Hampden Park on June 10, 2017, scoring an added-time equaliser to save a 2–2 draw. He scored an extra-time winner against Slovenia on October 5, ensuring England's qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Kane has been appointed captain of England's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kane scored both of England's goals in a 2–1 win over Tunisia on June 18, with his winning goal coming deep into injury time, in the team's first World Cup group encounter. Kane scored a hat-trick in England's 6–1 win over Panama in the next group game on June 24, which was England's largest ever World Cup victory. Kane became the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, following Geoff Hurst's hat-trick against West Germany in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker's hat-trick against Poland in 1986.

The UEFA Nations League was launched during the September International Break. England's first encounter came against Spain on September 8, 2018, which Kane captained for the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 defeat. On the 15th of October, England took on Spain for the second time in the group, winning 3–2 with Kane assisting two of the three goals. Kane presented Wayne Rooney with England's Golden Boot on November 14, before a friendly against the United States (US), in recognition of Rooney's 53 England goals, making him the country's all-time greatest goal scorer.

Rooney claimed in an interview after England's 3–0 victory that he wanted Harry Kane to give him with the prize because he believes Kane will one day defeat him. Three days after the US match, Kane led England to a 2–1 victory over Croatia in their last Nations League group play. Kane initially assisted Jesse Lingard's equaliser before scoring the game-winning goal, ensuring England would finish first in their group and qualify for the finals in June 2019.

Kane scored the second goal against Germany in the round of 16 match on June 29, 2021. This was his tournament's first goal. The match ended with England winning 2–0. On July 3, he scored two more goals against Ukraine in the quarter-finals. Kane scored the game-winning goal in England's 2–1 semi-final victory over Denmark, securing the country's position in the Euro 2020 Final, the country's first major tournament final since 1966.

Kane playing for his national team
Playing Method

Alex Inglethorpe, Kane's former youth coach, said of him: 'He stood out when he first joined the under-18s as a 15-year-old because he was a bit gangly. He moved a little clumsily, and he was a little clumsy. But if you look closely, you'll notice that he had a lot of skill and excellent technique. I believe he astounded people with his abilities. He was tactically very adaptable. He was frequently used as a midfielder. I recall watching him play as a holding midfielder in the past '..

Kane was described as 'best as a second striker' by Talksport in February 2013, despite his ability to play as a centre forward or in a wide position. He loved to place his shots, yet he could also score from a distance, according to them. He had good pace, but was weak in the air and had not scored during his loan spell at Norwich, according to the report. Initially a back-up to £26 million Spanish signing Roberto Soldado and regularly loaned out, Mauricio Pochettino eventually promoted Kane to Tottenham's starting forward position.

Kane believes his game has improved under Pochettino because of the manager's strict training methods. He also aims for marginal gains to maximise his potential by adjusting various parts of his training and preparations, as well as his nutrition.

Kane at practice session

Kane is sponsored by Nike, which provides clothes and equipment, and he wears Nike Hypervenom football boots. In February 2018, Nike released the limited-edition Hypervenom 3 HK in honour of his 100th Premier League goal. In 2018, he appeared in a Nike commercial called 'Nothing Beats A Londoner,' alongside other athletes from the city, including Mo Farah, the triple Olympic winner, and Chelsea player Eden Hazard, to highlight the city's diversity. Kane appeared in advertisements for Mars Bars and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, the latter alongside Antoine Griezmann, Mario Götze, and Cesc Fàbregas, ahead of UEFA Euro 2016.

Kane appears in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, where he was nominated to the FIFA 18 Team of the Year, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. On February 21, Kane and Camila Cabello introduced Kendrick Lamar as the winner of the 'Best International Male Solo Artist' category at the 2018 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena.

Kane stated on May 14, 2020 that he will sponsor Leyton Orient's kits for the upcoming season in order to assist the first team he played for professionally during the COVID-19 epidemic. The unusual sponsorship deal, which is the first of its kind in English football, has the approval of the Premier League, English Football League, and Football Association, and the sponsorship has been donated to charities, which will receive 10% of the proceeds from the respective shirt sales – the home shirt features a thank you message to NHS frontline workers battling the pandemic, while the away shirt features sporadic.

Kane endorsing nike
Honours & Awards

2011–12 Millwall Young Player of the Year

PFA 2014–15 Young Player of the Year

Tottenham Hotspur is a football club based in England. Premier League Golden Boot: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2020–21 Premier League Player of the Year: 2014–15, 2020–21

2016–17 PFA Fans' Player of the Year

Player of the Year: 2017 Football Supporters' Federation

England 2017 and 2018 Player of the Year Awards

The FIFA World Cup is held every four years. 2018 London Football Awards: Golden Boot Player of the Year in the Premier League for the years 2018 and 2021

2019: Order of the British Empire (MBE) member

Kane after honoured with England MBE