Danny Rose has revealed that Harry Kane is more than capable of dishing out an honest team talk to his fellow players if he feels that they need it.
The England captain is often soft-spoken in interviews and comes across as a polite person in general but the left-back has revealed that he also has a more unforgiving side to him.
Rose opened up on how the striker came down to the dressing room at half-time during the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Ajax and ripped into the team.
Kane was injured for the game and was left watching from the stands at the Johan Cruyff Arena as Spurs went 3-0 down on aggregate at the interval.
At that point, it looked as if the Lilywhites had no hope of a way back into the game but a miraculous comeback in the second half, courtesy of a Lucas Moura hat-trick, sent Spurs on their way to Madrid.
Based on Rose’s recollection of the events on the night, Harry’s words at half-time certainly had something to do with the team’s improved showing in the second half.
Speaking to The Lockdown Tactics Podcast (as relayed by Football.London), the left-back said: “One instance that sticks out is Ajax. He was injured but he came to Amsterdam and we were losing 2-0 at half-time, 3-0 on aggregate and he was watching in the stands.
“He came down and he just ripped into us basically. Just telling us we weren’t good enough and a certain player was running the show for Ajax, what were we going to do about it. We had to pull our fingers out.
“He’s switched quite a few times Harry. You wouldn’t think it but when he goes, he loses it, but in a good way. He wants you to do better. He wants the best for himself but also for his team-mates.”
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Every good leader needs to have an unforgiving side to them and it sounds like Kane certainly does. Given the high standards he sets for himself on the pitch, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me that he lets his teammates know when they aren’t pulling their weight.
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