Harry Kane has revealed how Newcastle United and England legend Alan Shearer has given him advice on how to cope with his dry spell in front of goal.
Kane has experienced a quicker rise than any of his peers in the English game over the last 12 months.
The 22-year-old started last season as Tottenham’s third-choice striker but ended the campaign as the nation’s new hero after scoring 32 goals, one of which came 79 seconds into his England debut against Lithuania in March.
Kane is yet to score in four matches this season however, and revealed that after Shearer interviewed him for a Football Focus feature recently, the Premier League’s record scorer gave some advice to England’s current strike hope when the cameras had stopped rolling.
“He’s a top man,” Kane said. “It was good to talk to him. He’s been in the same sort of situation as I am now and he gave me some good tips.
“He said the best strikers in the world just put it to the back of their mind and focus on the next chance or goal – and that’s what I try to do.
“It was great to hear that’s what he went through sometimes and what he did about it.”.
Kane hasn’t not lost any faith in his own ability.
“I know I am more than that (a one-season player),” Kane said.
“I don’t think last year was lucky. I worked very hard to get where I was and I know I have got to keep working hard to progress but I am very self-confident.
“My start to the season has been okay. It could have been better. I would like to have scored by now, but football doesn’t always work like that.”