Tottenham striker Harry Kane has revealed his most cherished jersey is from his first-ever appearance in senior football with Leyton Orient, while backing the Football Shirt Friday campaign.
The campaign, which took place on November 19, sought to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund to help tackle bowel cancer, by allowing fans to don a football shirt of their choice for the day – be it at home, work or school.
Spurs and England star Kane has been a key figure in leading the cause, by encouraging people around the country to get involved in the fight against the disease.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Kane said: “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to come together. We all know how competitive friends and family can be with football, supporting different teams. With this cause, tackling bowel cancer, it’s all to come together.
“Most people will have a football shirt, whether it’s new or old. Just wearing it to work, bringing people together, hopefully, it’ll help people donate and bring more attention to a well-needed cause.”
In advocating the charity day, Kane was later quizzed by Darren Bent on what his favourite football shirt is from his time in the game so far.
While the striker has had plenty of key moments in his career, his choice was not a Spurs or England jersey but actually a Leyton Orient shirt – specifically the one he made his professional debut in back in 2011.
Kane added: “My first professional shirt as a player was a Leyton Orient shirt. I remember we played Rochdale away. I was 17-years old.
“For me, that feeling of being a professional going out there, I think I played 15 minutes at the end. And I remember it to this day because it was a great moment in my career.
“I kept that shirt. I try and keep the ones that have a bit of meaning behind them. That was a big moment.
“I dreamed of being a professional footballer growing up, obviously you have dreams of playing for England, but that first game is a pretty special feeling.
“A lot has happened since, but that first start, nobody can take that away from you, no matter how many games you play or don’t play afterwards.
“I’ve done what I’ve set out to achieve in that moment and will always have that shirt.”
Spurs Web Opinion
This specific day of the year is a great initiative in the fight against bowel cancer and it is great to see Kane being such a big advocate of the cause and spreading its meaning. Every little bit will certainly help against what is a horrible disease.
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