Today the Museum of London is celebrating one of the city’s sporting heroes with the opening of a new exhibition dedicated to the world’s best striker and England captain, Harry Kane. Through his story of perseverance, hard work, resilience and athletic achievement, the free exhibition, curated in collaboration with Harry Kane, aims to inspire the next generation and encourage visitors of all ages to do their best and never give up on their dreams.
Harry Kane: I Want to Play Football features rarely-seen personal items, family photos and iconic objects to chronicle Harry’s career to date: from his first club to winning the Golden Boot and being named England captain.
Kane grew up in Chingford, east London and lived just 15 minutes from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London. He began his football career at the age of six playing for local London youth clubs Ridgeway Rovers and Gladstone Rangers. The exhibition captures Kane’s early years as a football fan and aspiring player, followed by his games for three London clubs – Leyton Orient, Millwall and Tottenham Hotspur – through to his international career as captain of a history-making England team.
Known for his impressive goal record, Kane has earned a reputation as a world-class forward who is a role model on and off the pitch. But for the England captain, whose sporting heroes include David Beckham, Tiger Woods and American football star Tom Brady, making it to the top wasn’t always a given. Using personal insights from Kane himself, the exhibition examines the setbacks, resilience and successes that have shaped the 28-year-old’s career to date, as well as his determination to succeed at the highest level of the game.
Key sporting memorabilia on display for the first time include:
Jerseys from England, Leyton Orient, Millwall and Tottenham Hotspur
Kane’s first England shirt, where he scored against Lithuania just 79 seconds after arriving on the pitch.
Kane’s MBE, who was awarded for “services to sport” in March 2019 after guiding England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and winning a Golden Boot award.
The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot. Kane is one of only two British players to have received a Golden Boot at a World Cup competition where he was named Man of the Match three times.
In addition to personal items, the exhibit includes a dressing room where visitors can listen to Kane’s pre-game playlist. In addition to the free exhibition, a program of activities for families and children is also planned to engage young people across the country. The program includes Football in the City (28 May), a guided walk exploring the history of football in the heart of the City of London.
Harry Kane said: “The Museum of London got in touch and wanted a Londoner to inspire young children to do their best, so I’m delighted to be displaying all my memorabilia, including trophies, shirts, gold boots and some personal pieces , representing a place of refuge never seen publicly.
“I now have three children, so I know how important it is to inspire the younger generation and show them how far you can go with hard work, dedication and confidence.
“The exhibition runs until the World Cup and entry is free, so I encourage everyone to go down and see it if you get the chance. Inside are some really special items – from my gold World Cup boot and MBE to the shirt and armband from my first game as England captain – that mean a lot to me.”