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Tottenham star Harry Kane discusses Arsenal academy exit

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Tottenham star Harry Kane discusses Arsenal academy exit

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has told Jamie Redknapp on Instagram that he played for Arsenal’s academy for two years but did not want to discuss the reason he was released by Spurs’ north London rivals.

A photo of Kane, 26, in an Arsenal shirt with red hair has become renowned on social media, with Kane even admitting himself that he is sent the photo on both Twitter and Instagram on a daily basis.

Kane, who has netted 181 goals in 278 Tottenham appearances and become England captain, spoke of his career with former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp on Instagram. The England skipper was asked about his academy upbringing.

The striker admitted that he first joined Arsenal at the tender age of just six or seven, and spent two years with The Gunners. It was not until he was 11 years of age that he finally signed on with Spurs – after a failed trial at Tottenham.

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“I went to Arsenal academy at about six or seven,” Kane said. “That’s the truth, I was there for two years – they released me, but I won’t go into details why. I went back to Ridgeway Rovers. Tottenham picked me up when I was 11.

“I went on trial for six weeks, they turned around and said they weren’t going to sign me. I went on to another club, at Watford and we played Tottenham and I scored a hat-trick.
 
“That night the head of academy phoned my dad and said we want to sign Harry. It was a difficult decision.”

TBR’s view – Arsenal must be kicking themselves

Although their supporters would hardly ever admit it, given the rivalry between the local sides. Kane has become one of the best centre-forward in Europe, if not the best, rivalling the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez.

To have scored so many goals, at such a consistent rate, Kane is already a Spurs legend. His future, though, is up in the air given he is yet to win a trophy with the north London side. Time will tell – but Arsenal will certainly be kicking themselves.

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