England captain Harry Kane has very little left to prove. At 28 years of age, he is universally regarded as one of the game’s great strikers.
However, the three-time Premier League golden boot winner, who also top-scored at the 2018 World Cup, still has dreams he wants to realise.
Indeed, he now wants to emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by continuing to score goals well into his 30s.
“People are speaking about their prime being between their mid-20s and late-20s,” he tells GOAL during an exclusive interview at The Hive, Barnet FC’s stadium in north London. “But I feel like people’s prime now is early-30s, pushing on to mid-30s.
“You look at Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. All these players hit 30 and took their careers to another level.
“That’s something I look at and get excited about because I know there’s a lot more I can improve on and achieve.
“I think Ronaldo and Messi set the standard, not just on the pitch but by being so professional off it. It’s all down to the way they keep their body in good shape, so that they can perform week in, week out.
“So, that’s the goal: I want to be playing football as long as possible. It is a sport I love and enjoy doing every day of my life, so the longer I do it, the better.”
Of course, Kane has already been scoring goals for so long now that his incredible consistency is almost taken for granted.
It is easy to forget just how far he has come; just how much he has developed since coming through the youth-team ranks at Tottenham.
During those early days, the London-born striker was repeatedly sent out on loan, to Leyton Orient, Norwich, Millwall and Leicester.
There was little to suggest at that point that he would go on to become a world-class striker. After all, he scored just 14 times across those four loan spells.
However, his career really took off after Mauricio Pochettino was appointed Tottenham manager in 2014.
The Argentine had a massive impact on Kane’s career. However, the forward also feels his own understanding and appreciation of player data also played a pivotal role.
He’s such a fan, in fact, that he even invested in STATSports, a GPS tracker used by almost every club in the Premier League.
“I probably am double the player that I was at Orient (during his first season as a professional),” he explains. “That was 11 years ago now and I think that data has been a huge part of my development.
“When I was about 20 years old, after a couple of my loans didn’t go quite so well, it was like ‘Where do I go from here?’
“So, I took a look at stats and, with Mauricio Pochettino coming in at Spurs, I did a lot of gym work and extras on the training pitch, high-speed running stuff, to take my game to the next level.
“It felt like my body took a real transition at that moment and using all the data that we had helped me become physically stronger and more adaptable. I was able to play game after game and even during the week.
“Technically, I have always been there. I could always score goals.
“But if you want to be playing in the Premier League, Champions League and international football, you need to handle the workload, defenders and things like that.
“So, that work took me onto another level. From there, I carried on improving and I feel like I am improving now and I have still got a lot more to give.”
For that reason, he will continue to study the likes of Lewandowski and Ibrahimovic. However, Kane also takes inspiration from figures outside of football, such as Tom Brady.
The recently retired quarterback’s rise from the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft to a seven-time Super Bowl winner makes for a fairy tale story that really resonates with the Spurs striker.
“I am a huge NFL fan and a huge Tom Brady fan as well,” he admits. “It’s the way he started and was doubted and people were not expecting much of him, it felt similar to how my career started.
“He kept his head down, worked harder than anyone else, had self-belief and a real determination and drive and that’s what he did.
“He’s the greatest to have ever played the sport, so that’s my aim, to improve and work hard. He got better and better every year. I am 28 now but I feel like I have got a lot more to achieve in this game.
“I am coming to that age where I want to see what little one per cent gains that I can get physically.
“I look at NFL and American sports and how they use stats and I want to be involved in that. I like to see my stats. I want to see how I can improve.”
Harry Kane is an ambassador for STATSports, one of the world leaders in GPS sports technology. Their Apex Athlete Series is available for athletes at every level from STATSports.com
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