Kane: O’s Loanee to England Captain

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Everyone knows Harry Kane. How could you not? The England ace has grown into a world class striker, who bags goals for fun for both club and country. A boy from Walthamstow, Harry broke into Tottenham Hotspur’s senior side at the age of just 16.

Before establishing himself at the Premier League club, Kane spent time on loan at several Football League teams, the first of which: Leyton Orient.

Kane signed for Russel Slade’s O’s in the January of 2011 after enjoying free scoring form in Spurs’ u18’s side. At just 17, Kane bagged his first professional Football League goal for the O’s, against Sheffield Wednesday.

A week later the youngster notched a brace against Bristol Rovers. Kane bagged a further two goals for Leyton Orient taking his tally to five goals in 18 appearances.

Harry would make his debut for Tottenham in the Europa League the following season against Hearts. A further six games in the competition would follow including a first goal for the North Londoners in a 4-0 win against Shamrock Rovers.

Another loan spell would come a year after his first, this time with Millwall. Kane found the back of the net seven times for the Lions, easing Millwall away from the relegation zone and earning the club’s Young Player of the Year award for his own efforts.

Kane returned to his parent club for the following pre-season and made his Premier League debut midway through August, replacing Sandro in the 86th minute to face Newcastle United. A fortnight later, Kane was loaned to Premier League side Norwich City, but injuries would see him make just three appearances.

Following recovery, Kane joined Leicester City, who were pushing for promotion from the Championship. 13 games under his belt and a further two goals, Kane returned to White Hart Lane that summer, going on to make 10 Premier League appearances in the 13/14 campaign and scoring his first topflight goal in a 5-1 win against Sunderland.

The 2014/15 season would see Harry catapult himself to the forefront of English football. 31 goals in 51 games, PFA Young Player of the Year and an England debut. 21-year-old Harry Kane announced himself to world football.

A year on; Kane claimed his first Premier League golden boot, firing home 25 goals to help his side qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Kane retained his title of top Premier League scorer the following season as Spurs finished runners-up in the 16/17 title race.

That year Kane celebrated surpassing 100 top flight appearances as well as making his Champions League debut against Monaco.

2017/18 saw the Englishman achieve a number of phenomenal records, cementing his name in history as one of the best ever England forwards. September of 2017 saw Kane claim his 100th goal for Tottenham Hotspur and by that December, Kane broke Alan Shearer’s longstanding record for goals in a calendar year (36), with a hat-trick against Burnley – taking his personal tally to 39.

In total the striker managed 56 goals across all competitions in 2017, making him the most prolific footballer in European football, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the tail end of that campaign, Kane netted his 100th Premier league goal against Liverpool. The Spurs forward became the second fastest man to ever reach the tally, doing so in 141 league outings.  For the fourth consecutive season, Kane was named in the PFA team of the season.

Kane captained his country for the first time in a World Cup qualifier against Scotland and retained the armband for the official tournament. The Three Lions went above and beyond expectations and reached the semi-final of the competition for the first time since 1990.

Six goals, including a hat-trick against Panama saw Kane finish the tournament as top goal scorer and become just the second Englishman after Gary Lineker to earn a golden boot at a World Cup.

Following a prolific summer in Russia, Kane returned to action for his club. For the fifth consecutive season, Harry would surpass 20 goals in all competitions and reach the UEFA Champions League Final.

Despite injuries hampering appearances, the striker found the net 17 times in the 19/20 season before the season was suspended by the terrible Covid-19 outbreak.

The England Captain has now shown incredible support to the front line workers of the UK and his former club, Leyton Orient by taking on the club’s front of shirt sponsorship for the 2020/21 season.

The O’s home shirt features the message ‘Thank you front-line heroes,’ while our away shirt celebrates the work of Havens Hospice. Our third shirt is dedicated to mental health charity, Mind.

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