'That moment still gives me goosebumps' - Harry Kane on the derby
17 November 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
He’s only 24 and only played six times against Arsenal, but Harry Kane already has a selection of iconic derby moments to treasure.
The striker is hoping to add to his collection when we face the Gunners for the first time this season in the Premier League on Saturday having returned to training after injury this week. Mauricio Pochettino told us on Thursday that he will be assessed alongside fellow returnees Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Harry Winks.
Harry has six goals in five Premier League matches against Arsenal including a late header to win his first derby in February 2015, the superb curler - with his protective mask on - in the 2-2 draw of March 2016 and the last-ever derby goal at the Lane from the penalty spot in last season’s 2-0 win. He’s also scored twice in his last two visits to the Emirates.
Below: Harry back in training with Eric Dier on Thursday
“The north London derby is the biggest game of the season,” said Harry. “It’s one of those games where I’ll still prepare the same way, still do all the things I would for every other game but it has a more around it, the atmosphere, mates who are Arsenal fans giving me banter, that sort of thing.
“You just want to send our fans home happy. It’s worked well for me so far and hopefully that continues on Saturday.
"It will be tough, it always is at their place, but we need to find a way. It’s a big game momentum-wise. We’re doing well, we’re on a bit of a roll so let’s get a win and move on to the next one."
Below: Harry heads home the winner in February, 2015
7/2/2015 - first derby, late winner…
We trailed 1-0 to Mezut Ozil’s early strike at the Lane, Harry levelled on 56 minutes before a classic header to win it five minutes from time...
Harry: “It was a very special day, my first north London derby and to score two goals and that header in the last minute…I think it was the moment the fans fell in love with me, should I say. You score two goals in a north London derby to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane and people will never forget that. The fans could see the passion in my eyes, the celebrations. We had a special connection after that goal.”
Below: Wonderful aerial view of Harry's belter hitting the net in March, 2016
5/3/2016 - that curler…
Again, we trailed 1-0 before two goals in as many minutes, the second a beauty, a curler from the left corner of the box into the top right...
Harry “That moment… They’d had a man sent off, we were 1-0 down at the time, Toby Alderweireld scored for 1-1 and everyone was off their seats already and two minutes or so later I curled that in. That was the loudest I ever heard White Hart Lane to to be the one that made that happen is so special. It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had scoring a goal. It was a shame we didn’t go on to win the game (it ended 2-2) but that moment still gives me goosebumps now.”