Harry on Oslo, Champions League and 'one of his own'
02 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane is back at Hotspur Way, full of anticipation over what’s to come.
Impending fatherhood and the imminent start of the new football season has the homegrown striker in exuberant mood after returning from his summer break.
And with the squad heading out to the Norwegian capital of Olso to take on Italian giants Inter Milan later this week, the 23-year-old is itching to get back into action in a Spurs shirt for the first time since the middle of May.
We caught up with Harry, who announced on Twitter last week that he and his partner Kate are expecting their first child, to find out what’s on his mind as we prepare for our final pre-season friendly of the summer…
Let’s start with your big news, Harry – how do you feel about impending fatherhood?
Harry Kane: “Of course it’s exciting times for me and my girlfriend – and the family as well. We’re excited for that, we’ve got a lot of things to do up until the baby is due but it’s a new chapter, it’s a new experience for me and one I’m looking forward to.”
Have you always seen yourself as a father figure?
Harry: “Yes, definitely. I’d like to think that I’ll be a good dad and it’s something that I’m very excited for. Me, my girlfriend and my family, we just can’t wait for the baby to come now.”
It’s been a while since we spoke to you. How are you feeling in general?
Harry: “I’m good! I’ve had a good few weeks’ rest – as much as I could do – and now I’m back, training hard and getting ready. Now it’s just about getting a match under my belt on Friday and, like I said, getting ready for the start of the season.”
A lot of players claim to be hungry to return to action after a bit of time off. Is it the same for you?
Harry: “Yes, exactly. Some of us haven’t played too much football lately and we’re looking forward to getting started with the game on Friday and getting back into the swing of things. It obviously feels like a while since I last played a game but it’s exciting times now, we’ve got a good week of training ahead with the team and now everyone’s back from Australia we’re looking forward to the game in Norway. I can’t wait to get out there and start playing again.”
How do you assess our opponents, Inter Milan?
Harry: “They are a great side and we’ll come up against a lot of great teams this season so it’s good to prepare ourselves against the best. Inter Milan are definitely one team that are going to be difficult to play against so we want to go there and try to play our game, express ourselves and enjoy it.”
Now that our Champions League campaign is nearly upon us, has it really sunk in that we’re about to start out in the competition once more?
Harry: “It’s what the club has always been aiming for and that was the aim at the start of last season, to get into the Champions League, and we managed that. It isn’t just about participating in the Champions League, though, we want to progress, do as well as we can, keep getting better and hopefully go as far as we can in the competition.”
How tough is it going to be to balance Premier League and Champions League football this season, as opposed to Premier League and Europa League action?
Harry: “It’ll be a challenge. We’ll be playing better teams and they’re tougher games so it maybe takes a little bit more out of you but that’s part of it. If you want to be a top team you have to be able to cope with that and deal with it so we’ll have to manage that throughout the season. The manager is very good at things like that, so we’ve just got to prepare well and see how we get on. It’s going to be an exciting season.”