But that's where the knowledge ends. Harry Kane is captain of England, he scores lots of goals and he's set to star in his own transfer saga. Beyond that, Harry Kane is kind of a conundrum. It's a nifty trick: for a player of his status, and an athlete of his generation, to be as well known as him and yet little known at all.
Sometimes some trivial jetsam floats towards the shore. He went to the same school as David Beckham. He married his childhood sweetheart. He loves "Dexter " the TV show. He isa fervent fan of the N.F.L. in general and Tom Brady in particular , and has hopes of playing that other kind of football - like a kicker - someday.
These are just details, previews of what lies below, rather than a whole picture of a personality. Its name, perhaps, illustrates it better. Most players are referred to exclusively by their last name, a tradition that reminds them that they are just cogs in a machine. Only a handful of elected officials have the privilege of being known simply by their first name.
For Harry Kane, this is not the case.neither. Calling him "Kane" would sound disrespectful: he is more than just a gamer. But it's not a 'Harry', she said: Somehow it would be too intimate, too familiar.
Instead, he will lead England to the European Championship this summer - with hopes of winning an international tournament in the homeland final - as Harry Kane, first and last name, as a Pele inverted. It's an honor, in a way, but it's also a sign of unconscious distance, like it's a brand, or a business, or a place.
There is a lot that everyone knows about Harry Kane. But knowing who he is, or what he looks like, is not part of it.
At the end of his first campaign with Tottenham, Kane and his teammates traveled to Australia forr a brief tour. It had been Kane's breakthrough year: he had scored 21 goals in 34 Premier League games. Almost overnight he had gone from being a marginal player, forever being shipped on loan , to a flourishing idol.
Kane, however, hadn't noticed the transformation. While in Sydney he decided he wanted a walk. He went to the nearest shopping center location, expecting to be able to take a leisurely stroll around the area. Instead, within minutes he found himself swarmed with hundreds of fans. Unable to escape, he had to call the club to get him out.
The memory stuck with him. "I think at first I was a little naiveur what it would be like to be famous in terms of what you can and can't do, "he said. " I like it, obviously, and I like parts of it, and I guess when I retire and it's gone, I can tell you if I miss it or not. But there are some restrictions that come with it. " Kane in the stands after England won the 2018 Russia World Cup quarter-finals. Credit ... Ryan Pierse / Images figcaption>
Kane traces this naivety back to the fact that he never really considered the "famous" part of "famous footballer. " He grew up in Chingford, Essex, in the North Fringeis from London, dreaming of playing for Tottenham and for England. Her idol was Beckham. Kane cites him as his 'role model', but that admiration went no further.
"I had a mohawk when he had one "Kane said. "But he wasn 't a role model for me in terms of what he wore. That was how he behaved. I wanted to be a footballer, that was it. wasn 't really worried about being in the public eye. "
Kane never lost that determination. Long before settling in Tottenham , as he traveled the country with the smaller clubs he had been sent to, countless coaches were impressed by his relentlessness, his determination.
In Norwich, Chris Hughton recalled that Kane had trained to finish for so long that all of his teammates, as well as the goalkeepers, had left him to himself.llwall, he asked his manager, Kenny Jackett, if he could help him improve in the air. Even now, when most of Kane's week is spent recovering from one match and preparing for another, he admits to being a little "addicted " to improving his skills. performance data.
"I am competing with myself " he said. "When I entered the Premier League I was not as physically developed as the other players. With Mauricio Pochettino we worked a lot in the gym, trying to improve my strength, speed and power. got a little addicted to improving stats. I'm pushing myself to get better. "
It takes the same approach for other aspects of the game. makes him one of the most famous athletes in the country. Kane is not, by his own admission, one to find himself in situationswhere I'm pictured at a party ". This side of fame, if available to him, is rejected not out of necessity but out of inclination.
He also keeps his commercial engagements restricted. He will not engage in any sponsorship engagements 48 hours before a match: although these may largely involve, in his own words, "standing ", a photo shoot for a few hours can be exhausting. "And games are the most important thing " he said.
It does work that with a handful of carefully selected sponsors, the ones the player and his brother, Charlie, who is also his agent, find natural. "If it's fair for the money, it can be hard work "he said. Like most players, he has a portfolio of charitable causes that he also supports, some public and some private.
L last year, Kane struck an innovative deal to become the main sponsor of the jersey of Leyton Orient, the eastern club from London where he first played senior football, to support him during the pandemic. (Kane turned the real estate over to three of his charities.) Image At 17- Kane in Leyton Orient, during one of many early-career loan stints. Credit ... Paul Childs / Action Images
His business interests are also growing. He is I 'one of the many English players to have invested in STATSports , a technology company that provides GPS tracking vests to teams in Egyptian Steel , but does not. He could prove to be a powerful defender of a facial fitness produced in Japan, but it is not attempted to the discoveryto laugh. Kane is a familiar face, a household name, but not because he's relentlessly marketed. He doesn't try to bet too much on his fame, because for him his fame is secondary.
There is a reason why the things that everyone knows on Kane doesn't extend any further, really, than the terrain itself: because that's all he's focused on. "I don't want that attention," he said. "It is a conscious effort to avoid it. Football is my job. I have put in a lot of time and work to be where I am now, and I think some players are losing sight of that. You start to think other things are more important, so exciting, but what I get paid for is working hard and being professional. "
What we know about Harry Kane, in other words, are the things that he wants us to know about.chions.
A Star 's Haven
By his own estimate, Kane has watched "The Brady 6 ", a documentary about the six quarterbacks chosen before Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft, a dozen times. Last spring, like millions of others, he found himself captivated by "The Last Dance ", the documentary series highlighting Michael Jordan's final year with the Chicago Bulls.
Given the paucity of information on Kane, these two rather unsurprising viewing choices - the professional athlete is intrigued by the stories of great athletes - are often co-opted as a misconception of who Kane, 27, is away from the pitch. Unless proven otherwise, they prove, after all, that he loves the N.F.L. and basketball.
But neither seems particularly out of school. Kane has alreadytalked about the echoes he hears of his own story in the rise of Brady - a player who was written off by most before the start of his career, who managed to take on the world - and "The Last Dance" is, in the eyes of more than one soccer player, a case study in the nature of greatness. These are not outside interests for Kane. This is background reading.
The one place Kane seeks solace in football - the one place he purposely goes to escape - is the golf course. This is his refuge, his chance to distract himself from his relentless drive to improve by constantly trying to improve in something else. "It 's my way of meditating," he said. "When you play, that's all you think about for four or five hours. It gets I'm Away from Football. Image Kane hinted at his potential departure from Spurs during a golf-course interview this year. Credit ... Andrew Redington / Images
So maybe it was only on the golf course that Kane felt comfortable enough, detached enough, to face the question of his future. He had been hinting for months. - if not more - that his ambitions and those of Tottenham might begin to
Last month, however, while playing golf with Gary Neville, the former Manchester United captain turned TV expert, he was blunt. A tough conversation with Tottenham happened, he told Neville ; he felt he could go on and win trophies for years to come, and if the club couldn't provide a team to do so , he should consider his options.
He's at the stage of his career when he's star thinking about legacy, weighing those individual awards, titles goalscorer and player of the year accolades, compared to those that define a player: titles won, cups won and trophies won.
In an interview with Hfrance.fr at the end of April, he said that he "didn't panic" about it, that he didn't believe he had one last chance to win something, but he will also know that time is not unlimited. He will be 28 in July and start to thinkwhat people will know about him when, years later, he is no longer captain of England and scoring no more goals.
And he knows one thing stands out from all the rest. "England is number 1 for me," he said. "It 's the greatest thing you can accomplish. I dreamed of playing for England, but I also dreamed of winning something for England. It ' s high on my list. You play every year in the Premier League and the Champions League, but a major tournament only takes place once every two years. The window is much smaller. Winning something with England: that would be the n ° 1. "
This would surpass anything he would accomplish, for himself and for his club, whatever it was: to be captain of England, winning a major trophy for the first time in almost 60 years at home.uise, and that will be the only thing people will know about Harry Kane. This is the only thing they will need to know. That will be the only thing that matters. Image "I dreamed of playing for England, but I also dreamed of winning something for England. It 's on top of my list. " Credit ... Ozan Kose / Agence France -Press - Images