Harry Kane was on the books at Arsenal as a youngster

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Tottenham’s newest sensation Harry Kane is the pride of White Hart Lane - but he was originally on the books at Arsenal before the Gunners released him as a youngster.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Kane was snapped up by Arsenal aged eight years old after impressing club scouts with his ability while playing for local London team Ridgeway Rovers.

But unfortunately for Arsenal, and luckily for Spurs, the Gunners released him after just a single year after he failed the make the grade.

He went on to be picked up by north London rivals Tottenham, and while it was feared he wouldn’t break into the first-team at one stage in his Spurs career after several loan spells away from White Hart Lane, the young England forward broke into the team under Tim Sherwood and hasn’t looked back.

The 21-year-old took his tally to 17 goals in all competitions so far this season with a brace against Chelsea in the 5-3 win on New Year’s Day.

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While Mauricio Pochettino initially used Kane in cup competitions like the Europa League, the striker’s fantastic form in front of goal earned him a call-up to the starting lineup for Premier League matches too.

Early career

Kane started his football life at Ridgeway Rovers, the same east London club that David Beckham played for and one that has produced Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle and Spurs winger Andros Townsend in recent years. Kane was scouted playing alongside Nico Yennaris, who went on to play professionally for Arsenal before dropping down to Brentford this year.

Former Ridgeway Rovers coach and current Spurs scout Dave Bricknell recalls: “I thought I’d found myself the next Pat Jennings.

“In the first training session, there was me and Harry Yennaris, Nico’s dad, putting a side together and I said, ‘Right, who can play in goal?’.

“Harry went in and he was unbelievable, not that you’d have known if you saw him in goal for Spurs. Then someone told me he was a striker, so he came out and scored about four goals.”

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