Harry Kane was destined for stardom and his former teammates knew it when he turned down an opportunity for booze and women on a celebratory trip to Las Vegas, according to the Sun on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur’s top scorer this season has been hogging the headlines for his sensational record since breaking into the first team in November, and his reputation went up a notch on Friday when he scored just 79 seconds into his international debut.
Now The Sun has revealed that while a 17-year-old on loan at Leyton Orient, Kane rejected the stereotype of a footballer on tour by not really drinking or showing much enthusiasm for some late-night entertainment.
Orient had just taken Arsenal to an FA Cup replay in 2011 and were rewarded with a trip to the Nevada city by the club’s owners. Kane was on loan from Spurs at the time and his temporary teammates expected him, fake ID in hand, to make the most of the trip.
But Kane showed he was not a man for boozy sessions or iniquitous episodes and his captain at the time, Ben Chorley, described that the man of the moment was not really too enthusiastic about some of Vegas’ late night distractions – he was more interested in 18 holes and a bit of sunbathing.
“We were taken to Vegas as a reward for getting a replay against Arsenal. Harry came along and brought his golf clubs! ,” Chorley said.
“You would not expect that from someone just coming up to their 18th birthday set loose in Vegas. He just said, ‘I fancy a bit of golf and getting a nice tan’. I remember walking him and Tom Carroll — who had also been on loan from Spurs — down The Strip to show them the ropes.
“Harry was a bit worried about his age. In the States you have to be 21 to get into places, never mind 18. They both had fake ID. One night out, I took them and a couple of the other lads to a late-night show and he enjoyed it.
“But he didn’t really want to be in those type of places. He was not a big drinker. I kept telling him, ‘Have a beer’, and he’d say, ‘Nah, I don’t like the taste.”
So, it seems that Kane saying no to the many distractions on offer to the modern footballer is paying off. Attitude has been central to the success he has experienced this season, as his route to stardom has not been easy.
Numerous loan spells and an apparent lack of faith from Spurs managers, other than Tim Sherwood, had many believing he would not make it on the biggest stage. But he worked hard, was patient and took his chance with both hands – he’s now arguably Spurs’ most important player.
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