In 2014, Harry Kane burst onto the scene with Tottenham and then England soon followed. The guys at FourFourTwo spoke with Harry to offer a few tips on how to go from misfiring striker to headline-hogger.
Analyse and improve
"After a game I ask one of the analysts to send me a recording of the match so that I can watch it at home and see where I could have done better. There are usually moments that stick out; when I think, 'Oh, I want to see that back', to see if I could have made a different run, selected a different pass or attempted a different finish. With the tape at home, I am able to flick through it and assess how I played. This helps me to identify areas for further improvement."
Power up your pins
"My aim was to become more powerful and quicker off the mark, so I worked hard in the gym. Before the start of last season I spent a lot of time working on my glutes and hamstrings. I did a lot of single-leg glute work to really help strengthen the muscles, and this ultimately contributed to my good form for Tottenham last season and made me the player I am today. Core work is also extremely important, as that's where your strength and stability come from."
Get the need for speed
"Being able to out-pace your opponents gives you a huge advantage in football. I did a lot of work in the gym to improve my speed. Strengthening your glutes and hamstrings will give you the power you need to accelerate explosively, but you also need to ensure that your running technique is right. I worked with a sports scientist specifically on arm movement and the mechanics of sprinting. It's really helped me, especially when I'm chasing a through ball."