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Kane's rise through the ranks at Tottenham has been meteoric .

Harry Kane's rise down to Mauricio Pochettino's texts

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Harry Kane's rise to stardom has been nothing short of sensational. 

The 22-year-old has hit 49 goals in just 83 appearances for Tottenham and is now heading to Euro 2016 as England's main striker. 

That has led many to question how he has exploded onto the scene in such a short space of time when he couldn't buy a call-up to the Lilywhites' first team just two years ago. 

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Kane's secret 

The Telegraph reports that key to Kane's development have been texts from Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino when the pair are watching football in their respective houses. 

Pochettino, along with his assistant Jesus Perez and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez, will message Kane with tips and encourage him to copy other strikers and the moves he sees them pull off in the games. 

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However, it's not just his coaches that have played a role in his development. 

Independently, according to the same newspaper, Kane often organises extra shooting practice with Academy goalkeepers, inviting the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela to join him. 

Real dedication 

Instead of shooting aimlessly at the nets, they create life-like scenarios and make sure they are tested just like they would be in a Premier League game. 

What is particularly remarkable about Kane's rise up the ranks is that he was never tipped for big things at Spurs, rarely shining as a youth player. 

Countless loan spells followed, including an unsuccessful stint at Leicester City, where he played alongside Jamie Vardy, who would go on to be his rival this season just gone. 

There is a famous picture of the pair sitting on the bench at Leicester behind then-manager Nigel Pearson.

At that stage of Kane's career, it seemed hugely improbable that he would go on to achieve what he has done at White Hart Lane already. 

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But his dedication has certainly paid off. 

Unlikely hero 

5 goals in his first 12 England games are seeing him tipped for the Golden Boot at the Euros - an award he has already won this season with Tottenham. 

There is something special about Kane as a player; the way he holds the ball up, can head it, muscle off defenders, turn, and produce phenomenal strikes like his goal in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in April. 

For England, He is unlikely to be up front on his own as he usually is at Spurs, as Roy Hodgson will want to fit in either Jamie Vardy or Daniel Sturridge alongside him. 

Nonetheless, he is on course to make a huge impact at the tournament. 

If it's anything like the impact he has made at Tottenham, then England fans are in for a treat. 

Will Harry Kane win the Golden Boot at Euro 2016? Have your say in the comments. 

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