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Harry Kane

Takeaways from Harry Kane's groundbreaking interview with Gary Neville

Robbie Copeland
We learned a lot about Harry Kane in an hour-long interview with Gary Neville
We learned a lot about Harry Kane in an hour-long interview with Gary Neville / Pool/Getty Images
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Harry Kane's future is the talk of the town in the Premier League. So when it was announced he would be the first guest on Gary Neville's new YouTube channel, and would speak candidly with the Sky Sports pundit over the course of a round of golf, ears pricked up all over the country.

The interview hasn't disappointed either. In the hour-long video, they cover everything: his future at Tottenham, his relationship with Jose Mourinho, his dream of becoming an NFL kicker, his desire to smash Premier League records, and of course why on earth he was taking corners against Iceland in 2016.

But if you don't have a spare 63 minutes and 21 seconds to sit and watch it from start to finish, fear not. We've done it for you, and broken it down into seven key takeaways.


1. Candid on his future

"I don't want to come to the end of my career and have any regrets. I want to be the best I can be... It's a moment in my career where I have to reflect and see where I'm at. Ultimately it's going to be down to me, how I feel and what's going to be the best for me and my career."

The reason Kane's interview was so hotly anticipated was the rampant speculation surrounding his future at Tottenham. He's yet to win a trophy with Spurs, and both Manchester clubs and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in luring him away.

Speaking to Neville, he did little to calm the storm.

Kane was refreshingly open and candid as he refused to rule out leaving the club in the months ahead. He outlined his ambitions to become one of the best players in Premier League history, and hinted that he will soon be speaking to Daniel Levy about where his future lies.

He didn't commit to leaving (obviously) but reading between the lines, it was the clearest sign yet that he is considering his options.


2. He's staying in the Premier League

"I never said I'd stay at Spurs for the rest of my career, I never said I'd leave Spurs....but I feel like I've got another career to play. I've got seven, eight years left in the Premier League."

While he wasn't giving too much away on his next destination if he does leave Tottenham, Kane did appear to confirm he has no interest in going abroad.

He doubled down on that later when he expressed a desire to shatter Alan Shearer's record of 260 Premier League goals, saying he'd feel disappointed if he retired without becoming the league's all-time top scorer.

He currently has 165, so just the century to go.


3. Why didn't it work with Mourinho?

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Kane and Mourinho during Tottenham's Europa League clash with Antwerp / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/Getty Images

"Jose expected us to be men...and to be honest that's probably where it didn't work out. We didn't quite have enough leadership."

Kane went on to discuss the differences between Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino, and it won't come as a huge surprise to hear that the two are diametrically opposed in their management styles.

It did pique interest when Kane began discussing Mourinho in depth, and explained why it didn't work with the Portuguese at Spurs.

There was certainly no finger-pointing. He suggested the Tottenham players failed Mourinho as much as he failed them, with a lack of leadership on the pitch singled out as a factor in his demise.


4. Players kept in the dark

"We found out Mourinho leaving maybe five minutes before everyone else did. I'm not sure if it was something that had been thought about for a while or if it was an in-the-moment decision...but I'd never knock the chairman for doing it. I don't know all the ins and outs."

Shortly after, Kane casually dropped the bombshell that the Tottenham players only found out about Mourinho's sacking moments before the rest of the world did.

He said he found the timing curious ahead of the League Cup final, suggesting they would have had a better chance of winning it due to Jose's winning mentality and record in finals.

But he also sympathised with chairman Daniel Levy, and was full of praise on interim boss Ryan Mason and the job he has done since taking over.


5. Neville calling the shots

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Gary Neville assisted Roy Hodgson in 2016 / Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Neville: We have to discuss the Iceland game in 2016, the corners and free-kicks...
Kane: It was your decision!

Next up on the agenda was a fairly frank chat about England's Euro 2016 exit to Iceland, in which Kane took corners, for reasons which have never been fully understood...until now.

When the topic was broached by Neville, Kane was quick to point out that it was in fact Neville's call to put him on set-piece duties, and the former England coach soon owned up to it.

So now we know.


6. The NFL dream lives

"Kicking is almost the equivalent of a penalty-kick. A lot of people can score them in training, but can you do it under pressure? In 10, 15 years time, if I'm still in the shape I want to be in, I'd start practicing if it was a serious option."

Remember that rumour that was doing the rounds for ages about Kane going to the NFL to become a kicker after he retires? Yeah, that wasn't just a rumour.

As it turns out, it's a very real ambition.

Not sure it's exactly like taking penalties, but you can see his point.


7. Kane's KDB dream

"When I watch De Bruyne play he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream. "

Kane didn't even blink when he was asked which player in the Premier League he would most like to play with. Kevin De Bruyne, no questions asked.

That has only added to the speculation that he could join Manchester City in the summer, but to be fair, he doesn't seem to mind working with Son Heung-min for the time being.


The Overlap is a new YouTube channel from Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet.


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