Ex-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that a behind-closed-doors match scuppered Scott Dann's move to Arsenal after Harry Kane scored four goals in the clash.
As reported by the Mirror, Arsenal were keen on securing the signature of the then Birmingham defender Dann in 2011, however the move failed to materialise after the Gunners' chief scout Steve Rowley watched Dann fail to deal with Kane.
Ultimately, Dann, who now stars for Premier League outfit Crystal Palace, missed out on his chance to move to north London, with Arsenal moving for German centre-half Per Mertesacker the following summer.
Kane, on the other hand, has gone from strength-to-strength as he continues to move up the footballing ladder at White Hart Lane.
In fact, under Mauricio Pochettino this term, the youngster has found the back of the net on 29 occasions, and is now expected to make his England debut as the Three Lions play host to Lithuania in Group E of the European Championship qualifiers tomorrow night.
And Redknapp has insisted that Kane is a 'great lad', revealing that he's worked hard to prove his credentials in England's elite division.
The ex-Spurs boss told reporters: "Harry is a great lad. The only question mark was whether he lacked a yard of pace.
"But Frank Lampard was at that game, and told him to get a pair of spikes and work on his sprinting.
"He did exactly that. That’s the lad he is, works hard at his game.”
It remains to be seen as to whether Kane will start for England tomorrow, but fans will certainly be hoping to see him take to the pitch at Wembley.
Kane did Arsenal a favour
Perhaps Kane's fine form on that day in 2011 actually did Arsenal a favour. After all, Arsene Wenger and Co. ultimately landed Germany hero Mertesacker, who despite a few inconsistent performances, has proved a fine signing for the north London outfit.
There's no doubt about it, Dann would have never become a key man for the Gunners, so fans will certainly be pleased that the club's chief scout was in attendance to watch Kane steal the show. If only he had said something about Kane on his return to the Emirates...
There's no doubting that Kane will become a star, and hopefully he will have an England debut to remember tomorrow night.
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