Kane Recalls Defoe Kickabout at 11


When Harry Kane was just 11 years old, he had a chance encounter with one of his footballing heroes that he will never forget.

The Tottenham Hotspur and England striker was playing football with his friends in the street when Jermain Defoe pulled up in a Range Rover and asked if he could join in.

Kane, who was a huge fan of the former Spurs and England striker, was stunned and couldn’t believe his luck.

“It was crazy,” Kane told the Daily Mail. “I was playing football with my mates in the street and this Range Rover pulls up.

“The window goes down and it’s Jermain Defoe. He asked if he could join in. I was like, ‘Yeah, of course!’

“He was a hero of mine. I was a Spurs fan and he was one of the best strikers in the Premier League at the time.

“He was so nice. He was talking to us, giving us advice. It was a great experience.”

Kane, who was born in Walthamstow, east London, was already a talented footballer at the time and had been playing for the Tottenham Hotspur academy since he was eight.

He was already dreaming of one day playing for the first team and Defoe’s visit gave him a huge boost.

“It was a great experience,” Kane said. “It was a great boost for me. It was a great feeling to know that someone like him was taking an interest in me.

“It was a great moment and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Kane went on to fulfil his dream of playing for the Spurs first team and has since become one of the best strikers in the world.

He has scored over 150 goals for the club and has won the Premier League Golden Boot three times.

Kane has also become an England regular and is now the captain of the national team.

And it all started with a chance encounter with his hero Jermain Defoe in the street.