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Kane at Christmas, part one - reflections on 2016

Posted on 24 December 2016  - 12:30

In the first of a three-part series of festive interviews with Harry Kane, we hear from our talismanic number 10 on the highs and lows of 2016…

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It’s been another eventful year for Harry Kane.

He was his usual, consistent self as we challenged at the top of the Premier League table in the latter half of the 2015-16 season – bagging the Premier League’s Golden Boot, picking up another Player of the Month award in March, 2016, and earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year along the way.

After helping us to a third-place finish, our highest in the Premier League era, he led the line for England during a disappointing European Championship campaign in France, then returned to the club as we embarked on a new journey in the Champions League.

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Unfortunately, an ankle injury sustained on September 18, shortly after he scored the winning goal against Sunderland, meant he missed three of our six group stage matches in that competition and his goals against Monaco and CSKA Moscow upon his return were sadly insufficient to keep us involved at Europe’s top table.

Nevertheless, he’s remained as committed as ever both on and off the pitch. He’s currently on nine goals in all competitions, he signed a new deal earlier this month and over the summer he announced that he and his partner Kate are expecting their first child in 2017.

With Christmas Eve being an apt time to reflect on the year, the home-grown front man says he has fond overall memories of 2016…

How do you reflect on the last 12 months?
Harry Kane: “It’s been another good year. People had been talking about the second season (of playing and scoring in the Premier League) and how difficult it is, so to go on and win the Golden Boot was incredible, a great feeling and a very proud moment for me. Obviously going close in the league as well was a new experience but there were some downs too – the Euros with England and getting injured this season, but that’s part of football and part of the learning experience. I’d definitely say it’s been a positive year overall.”

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How did you cope with the disappointments like the Euros and getting injured?
Harry: “You can never get too high or too low in football. If you can keep the middle ground, keep focused and keep working hard then you’re going to be better for it. You’ve got to use the experiences, good or bad, to make you a better player in the future and that’s what I try to do. Yes, there were some disappointing times but there were some positive times as well so it’s just about maintaining your work and trying to improve every day.”

What was the stand-out moment of the year for you?
Harry: “Winning the Golden Boot was a very proud moment for me. Growing up watching so many strikers playing and scoring goals in the Premier League and then to go on and win that trophy – for me to do that was an amazing feeling.”

Tomorrow in ‘Kane at Christmas’, we’ll hear from Harry about what he’s up to on Christmas Day…