Harry Kane has spoken about his experience on loan at Millwall in 2012 and how it helped shape him into becoming one of the most deadly strikers in the ​Premier League.

 

Kane spent the second half of the 2011/12 season on loan at the Den, where he was voted Millwall Young Player of Year.

Speaking to ​The Sun, Kane recalled: "It was a great experience for me and there is no doubt it was a big stepping stone to where I am now.

 

"I was only 18 and it was my first time in the ​Championship. Everyone knows it can be a tough place to play but I learnt so much in a short space of time and it definitely helped me grow up."

 

Kane scored nine goals for ​Millwall that year, including seven in his last 14 games which ultimately helped the Lions avoid relegation to League One. 

Millwall v Southampton - FA Cup Fourth Round

"People were playing for their livelihoods," he said. "I’ll never forget the relief on everyone’s face when we stayed up.

 

"It showed me how much the game could mean and that you have to do your job otherwise you won’t be in the game for long.

 

"To be thrown into that at 18 was really good and it’s one of the things that made me who I am today." 

The 23-year-old's hat-trick against ​Fulham in the previous round, saw Pochettino's men progress to the quarter-final stage for the first time in five years (ironically when Kane was on loan at Millwall).

 

Kane has managed an impressive 19 goals in 25 games so far this season for ​Tottenham in all competitions. A few more against his former side next month could help Spurs reach the semi-final stage of the FA Cup.