Harry Kane is eager to sign off with Hungary win before going to play in star-studded golf event
Could be Harry Kane wasn’t kidding about that green jacket after all.
“I think the ideal career would be a World Cup, a Super Bowl and maybe a green Masters jacket,” Kane joked ten days ago.
We all assumed he was pulling at our leg. Maybe not. When asked if he would consider becoming a professional golfer at the end of his football career, Kane’s response was intriguing.
Last week Harry Kane (above) joked that he wants to win ‘a Masters green coat’ in the future
The England captain leaves for the Icons Series in New Jersey after his national service
“I think that’s a long way off, but never say never,” Kane said. “I’m a long way from where the pros are right now. I’m sure – I only focus on football. Golf is a great hobby to get away from football for a while.’
As improbable as it may sound, it would take a brave man to bet that Kane will be a success if he turned his attention to the green once he’s had enough of the football field.
He has a scratch handicap and is gearing up to compete in the Icons Series, a Ryder Cup-style tournament at Liberty National in New Jersey, at the end of this month, that will see some of the world’s leading sports personalities.
Boxer Canelo Alvarez, Liverpool’s James Milner, American swimmer Michael Phelps and cricketers Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara are among the household names taking part. Just like Pep Guardiola, who tried to sign Kane for Manchester City last summer.
That ship has sailed, of course. City have signed Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Kane is just as happy as he has been at Tottenham for a long time. Although the 28-year-old evaded questions yesterday about the prospect of signing a new contract with Spurs, he said he will remain with the club next season.
The Tottenham star takes part in the Ryder Cup-style tournament at Liberty National
“The plan is to come back on July 8 (for the season) and take the boys to Korea,” Kane said. “I’m looking forward to another season. I got on really well with Antonio Conte while he was there and I’m looking forward to next season and what’s to come.”
But for now, before golf and Tottenham’s pre-season, Kane has one game left of what must seem like an endless campaign to negotiate.
He will lead England tonight against Hungary in Molineux, aiming to salvage what has so far been a difficult international breakthrough for Gareth Southgate’s side.
One defeat, two draws and no goals from open play in three Nations League matches have led to fierce criticism.
Southgate takes these objections with pleasure.
England boss Gareth Southgate (above) has responded to recent criticisms of his management
“It would be a few nicer months if we beat Hungary, but it won’t change how I see the next period,” said the England boss.
“But I accept that it would change external perceptions. We all want to leave tomorrow with a win. The noise will still be there because if we win, we’ve only beaten Hungary – that’s the reality. If we don’t win, then of course it’s a different story.’
Kane has a very different take on the mounting pressure Southgate is facing. The English captain has been present throughout the Southgate voyage. But he was also there before it started. He suffered the embarrassment of crashing into Iceland at Euro 2016. It doesn’t get much worse than that.
So Kane is a bit confused by the lack of confidence from afar in an English manager who has led the team to the World Cup semi-finals and the European Championship finals.
“If you look at where we were in 2016 compared to now, we’ve made huge improvements and progress,” Kane added.
The England captain said the national team has ‘made huge improvements and progress’
“We’ve taken a lot of hurdles in big tournaments by doing things that an English team haven’t done in a long time. We haven’t won anything yet, of course, but we’re knocking on the door.
“As an England player you always get criticized if you don’t win a few games and that’s part of it.
“But within this squad and the staff and manager we have a bigger vision of where we want to go. The World Cup is the most important for us this year.
“I can’t say enough about Gareth. I had him in the Under 21s and then on the senior team. He understands what the England team needs to be successful.
“We have been one of the most successful teams in England for the past 50 years. So we are on the right track. We still have things to improve, that’s just the bottom line.’