HHarry Kane admits it is still surreal to hear Tottenham fans chant his name and to have club legend Jurgen Klinsmann singing his praises.
The 21-year-old Spurs academy graduate is establishing himself in Mauricio Pochettino’s frontline, scoring three goals in his last four appearances following on from plundering a hat-trick in the Europa League against Asteras Tripolis.
After Kane’s 90th-minute strike secured a 2-1 win at Aston Villa earlier this month, the forward celebrated with a full swan dive in front of jubilant away fans, which caught the eye of Klinsmann, now the coach of the United States national team who were recently in London.
Following loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester, the England Under-21 forward is relishing the opportunity to finally make his mark with Spurs.
“To be a fan myself and to be one of those fans singing in the crowd when I was younger, it makes it more special now (to hear the chants),” said Kane, who could lead the Tottenham attack at Hull on Sunday.
“When you get a home-grown player come through the ranks, I think there is a little more feeling about them and when you do well the fans take to you.
“That is what has happened with a few of us, Ryan Mason and Andros (Townsend) before, so from a fan point of view it is nice to have one of your own come through.”
Kane added: “My goal celebration (at Villa) wasn’t on purpose. It was all just a bit of a blur and I thought I would dive on my front.
“People were quick to compare it to Klinsmann, maybe it was in the back of my mind, but it was special to do that in front of the away fans.
“Even for him to be talking about it and to have seen it is a bit surreal. These are the players you grew up watching and idolising, and now they watch me.
“Teddy Sheringham was a real idol of mine and Klinsmann was when I was a bit younger, both were top strikers who scored a lot of goals for the club.
“I feel confident that if I get a couple of chances I will be able to take one, that has been happening so far this season, but there is still a long way to go and I hope I can continue.”
Tottenham head to Hull looking to put the disappointment of another home defeat behind them having been jeered off after losing to Stoke before the international break.
Kane said: “We are adapting to the style each game and we are learning.
“The manager has come in with his style and it has only been four months, that is not a long time when you are changing the way you want to play.
“We are getting used to it and we will only get better.
“Everyone has taken to this manager well and is focused on what he wants us to do.
“We are looking forward to doing well and we will see what happens in years to come.”
Pochettino stresses it is his remit as head coach to secure results.
Kane, though, maintains there must be a sense of collective responsibility.
“People will look for someone to blame, but we are a team so we win together and lose together. It is no one’s fault, we’re in it together, that is what people have to realise,” he said.
“One win in this league, then you pick up a few more, and it all changes so quick, so we will look to gain momentum.
“Hull away is tough, but we are focused that if we play to our capabilities we will get a result.”
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