Perhaps one of the reasons for Harry Kane’s rapid elevation and continued success is that he is employing a personal chef who cooks for him on a daily basis.
The 24-year-old striker captained England in last night’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley against Slovenia and scored a late winner that secured England’s place in next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Kane, along with his England colleagues, had a very disappointing Euro 2016 and in a recent press conference he revealed that he was making every effort to ensure he is in top condition, with end-of-season fatigue and burn-out having been an issue for Premier League players at previous finals, such as the aforementioned Euro 2016.
“I think, over the last year or so now, I’ve changed a lot off the pitch with the nutrition side of it,” Kane told reporters. “It kind of clicked in my head that a football career is so short. It goes so quickly, you have to make every day count.
“So, I have a chef at home to eat the right food, helping recovery. You can’t train as hard as you’d like when you have so many games, so you have to make the little gains elsewhere, like with food. That will help me going into a tournament year, with my body and my recovery.”
At the start of 2017 Kane made the dietary changes.He continued “I was always eating well, never badly,” he said. “But I have a guy come round and he explained what you could do, eating the right food at the right times. You could eat healthily all week and then carbs [carbohydrates] before a game, and that could make your body go into shock because you’re not used to it. So, maybe higher carbs sometimes, lower other times, making plans around training. I started doing that on Jan 1, a New Year resolution.
“I met the guy in December. I spoke to him and it blew me away a bit. I’d never looked too much into it, but when he explained what the body does and how he could help me recover… He helped me in the recovery from the [ankle ligament] injury, with certain foods I was eating. It opened my eyes a bit.
“He’s there [at Kane’s home] every day, Monday to Saturday, and leaves it in the fridge for Sunday. I hardly ever see him because I’m at training, but he’ll cook the food and leave it in the fridge. We’ve got a good plan going and it seems to be working.”
Kane added: “When you’re playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, there’s not a lot of time to train, so it’s about making those little gains in other ways: ice baths, stretching, nutrition… that keeps you as fresh as you can be.
“It’s a big part of football nowadays. Other players are doing the same thing. My career has gone so quick already, I want to make the most of it.”
After leading his country out in yesterday’s win over Slovenia it is one of his ambitions to become England’s next permanent captain, and the impressive way he spoke alongside Gareth Southgate will not have been lost on the England manager and could well influence his decision in whom he appoints as Wayne Rooney’s permanent successor.
It is all going very well for Harry Kane, despite last nights snoozefest he did come up with the goods in the dying embers of the game,again leading example. We might be biased but Harry Kane is perfect for the captain’s role and he deserves a shot at it.
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