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Harry Kane reveals how to become a world-class striker

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Harry Kane has given a very detailed account of what it takes to emulate players such as himself by becoming a world-class striker.

It’s safe to say that Kane knows a thing or two on what it takes to become a success story given all that he’s already achieved in his career.

At 26, the Tottenham star has scored an incredible 127 goals in just 183 Premier League appearances. This impressive stat has enabled him to beat the likes of Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku to two Golden Boot awards.

Last summer saw Kane even pip renown superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to claim the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot. It made him the first England player since Gary Lineker in 1986 to win the prize.

And now the Three Lions skipper has revealed what it will take for young players to follow in his footsteps.

“It’s putting in the hard work, first and foremost, and a lot of practice on the training ground,” Kane told Sky Sports.

“You also need that instinct from a young age – maybe you’re born with it.

“I think hard work will always override instinct. You see it throughout the years, players who may not technically be as good as others, but at a younger age they work harder, train harder and they get to a higher level because of that.

“But I think there is an element, especially with top goalscorers, of knowing where the ball is going to fall or being in the right place at the right time.

“It’s just through habit from doing it when you were a kid scoring goals and you take that with you, maybe without you even knowing. If you add the hard work with that, you become a really good player.

“Some movements you do on purpose, for example, when you make a cross. Sometimes you do want to move in front to get in behind, even with through balls to come short or go deep, but that’s stuff you can train on.”

Kane added: “It’s more the stuff like rebounds, corners and ricochets and you find the spot in the box. From the outside, it looks like the box is really crowded but, within yourself, you feel like you’ve got loads of time and loads of space.

“It’s drifting into those little areas that don’t look like much but you can score a lot of goals from it.

“It’s a sign of a good striker when you can be in the box and everything slows down instead of speeds up.

“You see it at different levels with different players – they might panic in front of goal, rush a finish or rush a touch but if you can freeze a situation so you know where the goalkeeper is, where the defenders are and with the pace it’s going at, you know where the bodies are going to be, you can use that to your advantage.”

Kane, who has scored twice in Spurs’ first two Premier League games this season, will be in action at home to Newcastle United on Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team’s second goal past Tom Heaton of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)