It is fair to say that Harry Kane has developed into a Mr Tottenham figure over the past few seasons, with the striker always leading from the front both on and off the pitch.
Even though he is not the official club captain, his teammates certainly seem to have a lot of respect for him.
Danny Rose has now revealed that the striker earned that respect due to his relentless nature and the standard that he sets in training.
The left-back claimed that the 26-year-old hates losing and always tries to get the best out of his teammates.
The England captain’s future has been subject to a lot of speculation over the past two months (Daily Mail), but Rose claimed that he holds a lot of affection for Spurs.
Speaking to The Lockdown Tactics Podcast (as relayed by Football.London) he said: “With Harry, we all hope his goals and his performances will merit a trophy one way or another during his career, but Tottenham means the world to him.
“We know that and when you see him disappointed, it’s just one of those things that when you’re on Harry’s team in training you win. It’s not a coincidence.
“You just don’t want to be on a losing side when you’re on Harry’s side, even in training. He’s got that aura that you want to do the best you can.
“Whenever we concede a goal on matchdays, he’s one of the first to rally the lads and tell us to get our heads up. If you give him a bad pass he never digs you out. He’s pretty special to be fair.”
The full-back revealed that Kane has had a fantastic work ethic right from a young age and that his desire to get better is what helped him to achieve what he has so far in his career.
Rose added: “I would have first trained with him under Harry [Redknapp]. He’s exactly the same as he was then in terms of training and staying out after training, practising penalties, free-kicks, extra finishing with his left and right foot.
“He was doing that back then as a 17-year-old. If I hadn’t seen Harry Kane and hadn’t had the chance to watch him from a young age and seeing that he’s put in the work to be who he is today.
“He eventually got his chance under Tim [Sherwood] but even before then he was getting ridiculous in training and everyone was thinking he has to play.
“At the time we had [Roberto] Soldado from Valencia, a £30m signing, a lot of money back then for Spurs. In the end though, Harry had to play.
“He’s the same now, penalties after training, free-kicks, shooting, anything and everything. He’s still practising now.”
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Very few Spurs fans would have expected Harry Kane to become a regular for Spurs during his younger years, let alone anticipate that he would become one of our best ever strikers. As a youngster, he didn’t look good enough and seemed to have a lot of weaknesses to his game. However, he has clearly worked on them to a point where they have all but vanished. It shows how mentality and work ethic often trumps talent, especially at the top level.
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