Maybe Harry Kane wasn’t kidding about that green jacket.
“I think the ideal career would be a World Cup, a Super Bowl and maybe a Masters Green Jacket,” Kane quipped 10 days ago.
We all assumed he was pulling our leg. Maybe not. When asked if he would end his football career as a professional golfer, Kane’s response was intriguing.
Last week, Harry Kane (above) joked that he wants to win “a green Masters jacket” in the future
The England captain will head to New Jersey for the Icons Series after his national service for England
“I think there’s still a long way to go — but never say never,” Kane said. “I’m far from where the pros are at the moment. I know that for sure – I just focus on football. Golf is a great hobby to get away from football.”
Unlikely as it sounds, it would take a brave man to bet that Kane would be a success if he turned his attention to the putting green once he had had enough of the football field.
He has a scratch handicap and is gearing up to play in the Icons Series later this month, a Ryder Cup-style tournament at Liberty National in New Jersey that will feature some of the sport’s leading figures.
Boxer Canelo Alvarez, Liverpool’s James Milner, American swimmer Michael Phelps and cricketers Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara are among the household names taking part. As did Pep Guardiola, who tried to sign Kane for Manchester City last summer.
The ship has of course sailed. City have signed Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Kane is happier than he has been at Tottenham in a long time. Despite dodging questions about the prospect of a new contract at Spurs yesterday, the 28-year-old said he will stay at the club next season.
The Tottenham star will take part in the Ryder Cup tournament at the Liberty National
“The plan is to come back on July 8th (for the pre-season) and go to Korea with the boys,” Kane said. “I’m looking forward to another season. I got on really well with Antonio Conte during the time he was there and I’m looking forward to next season and what’s to come.
For now, however, ahead of golf and Tottenham’s preseason, Kane has one more game to negotiate in a seemingly never-ending campaign.
He will lead England against Hungary at Molineux tonight to salvage what has been a difficult international break for Gareth Southgate’s side so far.
A loss, two draws and no goal from free play in three Nations League games have drawn heavy criticism.
Southgate is content to accept these objections.
England manager Gareth Southgate (above) has reacted to recent criticism of his management
“It would be a happier couple of months if we beat Hungary but it won’t change how I see the next period,” said the England coach.
“But I accept that it would change the outside perception. We all want to leave tomorrow with a win. The noise will still be there because if we win we only beat Hungary – that’s the reality. If we don’t win, then of course it’s a different story.”
Kane has a very different take on the mounting pressures Southgate is facing. The English captain was present throughout the Southgate voyage. But he was there before it started. He suffered the embarrassment of losing to Iceland at Euro 2016. It doesn’t get much worse.
So Kane is a bit taken aback by the lack of trust from afar in an England manager who has led the side to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final.
“If you look at where we were in 2016 compared to today, we’ve made massive improvements and strides,” added Kane.
The England captain said the national team had made “massive improvements and progress”.
“We’ve broken through a lot of hurdles in big tournaments by doing things that an English team haven’t done in a long time. Of course we haven’t won anything yet, but we’re knocking on the door.
“As an England player you will always be criticized if you don’t win a few games and that’s part of it.
“But within this squad and staff and manager, we have a bigger vision of where we want to go. The World Cup is the most important thing for us this year.
“I can’t praise Gareth enough. I had him with the U21s and then with the senior team. He understands what the England team needs to be successful.
“We have been one of the most successful English teams in the last 50 years. So we are on the right track. We still have to improve, that’s just the bottom line.”