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Harry Kane

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Norwich Career: 2012-13 (5 appearances) (on loan from Tottenham)
Current Club: Bayern Munich (Germany)
Date of Birth: 28/07/1993 (Walthamstow) 
Nationality: English

Biography

Norwich City signed 19 year old Tottenham striker Harry Kane on a season long loan on 31st August 2012. The teenager was Norwich manager Chris Hughton's ninth signing of the summer. Hughton said "I'm delighted to bring in someone of Harry's quality. He is a very talented player and has bags of potential."

The England Under-19 international had been predicted to figure in Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas’ plans in 2012/13, making his Premer League debut against Newcastle on the opening day of the season, but with the London team signing Clint Dempsey from Fulham just before the close of the summer transfer window, the young frontman was allowed to join the Canaries.

Walthamstow born and Chingford raised, Kane first played for a local club Ridgeway Rovers, and joined the Arsenal youth academy when he was eight years old. He was released after one season for being "a bit chubby" and not "very athletic", according to Liam Brady who was then in charge of Arsenal's academy. He had a trial at Spurs but was unsuccessful. In 2004, at the age of eleven, he joined Watford academy for a four to six-week trial, and was then given another chance at Tottenham after he impressed playing for Watford against Tottenham

Kane rose to prominence in the 2009-10 season, firing in 18 goals in just 22 games for Tottenham’s Under-18s, and subsequently went on to represent England at both Under-17 and 19 levels.

He was a key part of England’s march to the UEFA U19 European Championship semi-finals in the summer, and netted the winning goal in a crucial 2-1 victory over France to ensure his side advanced from the group stages.

The Walthamstow-born forward scored five times in 18 appearances during a loan stint at Leyton Orient in 2010-11 and netted 10 times in 27 games for Millwall last season, after joining on loan in January.

Kane made his Norwich debut in the 0-0 draw with West Ham on 15th September 2012. He unfortunately broke his metatarsal in his second Norwich appearance 9a Capital One Cup clash with Doncaster Rovers on 26th September 2012) and is expected to be out of action for at least a month.

He returned to the Norwich first team but did not impress. Spurs' failure to sign a new striker in the January 2013 transfer window saw them recall Harry from his loan on 1st February 2013.

Despite his lack of appearances for Norwich, Spurs offered Kane a new contract until 2017 which he signed on 21st February 2013. He was then loaned to Leicester until the end of the 2012/13 season.

Kane scored his first Premier League goal in the 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland on 7th April 2014.

Kane's impressive form for Tottenham in the 2014/15 season where he scored 26 goals in 42 games by the end of March saw him called up into the England squad for the first time for the European Championship qualifier against Lithuania on 27th March and the friendly against Italy the following week. He made his England debut coming on as a 72nd minute substitute for Wayne Rooney and then scoring 78 seconds later to make it 4-0 to England.

Finishing the season with 30 goals, Kane was linked in early June 2015 with a £40-£50m move to Manchester United.

I n March 2016, World Soccer named the 500 most influential players in World football and included Kane in their list.

Kane scored 28 goals in 50 appearances during the 2015/16 season as Tottenham finished third in the Premier League. He was selected on 31st May 2016 to be part of England's squad for the European Championships in France. He started the games against Russia and Wales but failed to score, and was substituted at half-time in the latter.

Kane finished the 2016/17 season as the Premier League's leading scorer with 29 goals, winning his second consecutive Golden Boot. This was achieved by a combined seven goals in the last two fixtures however, a 6–1 win over reigning champions Leicester City and a 7–1 crushing of Hull City, He also scored Tottenham's last goal at White Hart Lane in the 2-1 win over Man Utd on 14th May 2017.

On 25th June 2017, the Sunday Mirror reported that Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United bosses he wants £100m-rated Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Kane stayed at Spurs and scored 41 goals in 48 appearances, including becoming the first player to score six hat-tricks in a season.

Kane was named captain for England during 2017/18 and captained the side at the Russia World Cup in June/July 2018. In England's first game against Tunisia on 18th June 2018, he scored both England goals in a 2-1 win. This was followed up with a hat-trick in the 6-1 thrashing of Panama on 24th June 2018. He then scored in the 1-1 draw with Colombia in the second round (round of 16) and converted England's first penalty in what would be their first ever penalty shoot-out win at the World Cup. England reached the semi-finals but lost 2-1 in eatra time to Croatia. Kane's six goals in the tournament earned him the Golden Boot as the top goalscorer of the World Cup. He was included in FIFA's Dream Team for the World Cup.

He won his third golden boot in the 2020/21 season with 23 goals in the season. He also won the Playmaker of the Year award for the most assists.

On 17th May 2021 reports circulated that Kane wanted to leave Spurs. Sources told BBC Sport that the England captain, who has a contract until 2024, has not handed in an official transfer request or directly communicated a wish to move.It is understood that Kane thinks he has a gentleman's agreement that would allow him to leave the club in the summer. The Premier League's top scorer in 2020/21 is known to be frustrated after another trophy-less campaign at Spurs, which included the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho in April just before they lost the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City.Kane has still not won a trophy in his club career and it is thought he has decided he needs to move to satisfy his professional ambitions.

Kane captained England to second place at UEFA Euro 2020, marking their first appearance in a final at the tournament and their first major final since 1966. He scored four goals in the tournament including the winner in the semi-final against Denmark. He scored in the penalty shoot-out in the final against Italy on 11th July 2021 but England unfortunately lost.

At the beginning of August 2021, Kane failed to turn up for training for three consecutive days and missed a pre-season friendly with Chelsea on 4th August 2021. Kane believes he has a gentleman's agreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to leave the club in the summer of 2021 with Man City supposedly preparing a £100m bid but that Spurs reportedly want £160m which is above City's limits. After missing pre-season and Spurs' opening game, he returned to the first team on 21st August 2021 coming on as substitute in the 1-0 win over Wolves. On 25th August 2021 he stated that he will be "staying at Tottenham this summer" and is "100% focused on helping the team achieve success".

On 5th February 2023 Kane became Tottenham's all-time highest goalscorer, surpassing Jimmy Greaves, when he scored his 267th goal for Spurs, and his 200th in the Premier League, against Manchester City. There was some dispute as Spurs hadn't included two goals Greaves scored in the 1962 Charity Shield. Kane's two goals against Nottingham Forest on 11th March 2023 took his tally to an undisputed 270.

On 23rd March 2023 his penalty for England against Italy meant that he overtook Wayne Rooney to become England's record goalscorer with 54 goals. Kane achieved this feat with 39 fewer games than Rooney

It was reported on 14th June 2023 that Manchester United have ended their interest in signing Harry Kane from Tottenham, feeling the money it will take to lure the England striker to Old Trafford is unrealistic. The United manager, Erik ten Hag, had made the player his primary summer target and is disappointed it has fallen through, but understands the club cannot go past a certain point when it comes to the transfer fee and the overall package for a 29-year-old, who has one year left on his contract.

At the end of June 2023 it was reported widely that Bayern Munich had bid £60m for Kane but that it had been rejected by Spurs who were looking for £80m for a player who is out of contract the following summer. Bayern kept increasing their bids and at the time of this update (11th August 2023), Spurs had accepted a £86m (100m euros) bid and that Kane was in Germany to undertake a medical. Kane was Tottenham's all-time top scorer with 280 goals in 435 appearances. Kane completed his transfer on 12th August 2023. Kane became the most expensive signing in Bundesliga history, costing €100m plus €10m bonuses in transfer fees.

Kane made his debut for Bayern on the same day he joined the club, as a 64th-minute substitute in a 3–0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the 2023 Supercup. He scored his first goal for Bayern on the opening day of the 2023/24 Bundesliga season against Werder Bremen on 18th August 2023. This was followed by a brace on his home debut against Augsburg.


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