Harry Kane has become one of the biggest names in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons, and the Tottenham Hotspur striker says that the negative jibes have spurred him on to perform even better.
Kane has broken a Tottenham record by scoring 22 goals so far in the current Premier League campaign, and has also cemented his place in the England national team in these last two seasons.
The 22-year-old made his breakthrough at Tottenham Hotspur last season, and has gone on to improve himself ever since. However, the England international says that the fact that people started wondering aloud whether he will be a one-season-wonder, spurred him on to play even better this season.
“Yes there was a lot of talk at the start of the season [about a one season wonder] but I have a lot of self-belief, I believe in my ability,” Kane was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “Whenever anyone tells you you can’t do something or that you’re not as good as you think you are, you want to prove them wrong.
“Of course I want to do the best I can for myself anyway, but when people are telling me I can’t do it, it makes it even better for me when I go out there and work hard and do what I do and achieve what I achieve.”
To add to his achievements, Kane was widely praised after he scored the equalising goal against Liverpool at Anfield. The praise came from none other than Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
“He just said, ‘What a strike’, which is obviously great to hear from an opposition manager,” Kane said, when asked about what Klopp had whispered into his ears.
Harry Kane: England’s new star?
While he had been struggling for a bit earlier this season, Kane has done well to come back and score 22 goals so far in the current Premier League campaign. He has even gone past Leicester City wonderboy Jamie Vardy, who has scored 19 goals so far.
With Wayne Rooney suffering from a long term knee injury, Kane could well become England boss Roy Hodgson’s first choice to start up front during Euro 2016. Hodgson has said that Rooney will play if he is fit, but the Manchester United man can be deployed in deeper roles, as Kane is in the form of his life at the moment. It will be interesting to see what combination Hodgson fields up front.