The 29-year-old scored his 54th England goal in the 2-1 win against Italy on Thursday, taking him past Wayne Rooney to hold the outright lead for international goals in a Three Lions shirt.
It was some feat for Kane, and with the Premier League’s all-time record also in his sights, there could be more milestones to come for a man with 204 top-tier goals to his name.
Not bad a for a “one-season wonder”, as he had once been labelled, with Kane also grafting in the lower leagues at the start of his career.
Here i speaks to three figures from Kane’s spells on loan from Tottenham before he forged his name in north London – and wrote his name in the record books as well.
‘I thought Carroll would be better than Kane’
Scott McLeish, strike partner at Leyton Orient, 2010-11
Three of the Spurs boys came to us that season, we had Harry, Tom Carroll and Jose M’Poku. He came in fresh faced, wanting to learn and he didn’t expect to start every game. He certainly wasn’t coming from Spurs thinking that he knew it all. It was a great place for him to come and learn his trade and, most importantly, learn what winning meant.
I’ve said it many times, under-21 and under-23 football is good but does it mean anything? The manager doesn’t get the sack if he loses 10 in a row. That happens to Russell Slade at Brisbane Road and he’s off.
Going out on loan, you learn about the three points. Harry grasped that early. You’ve got players wanting their appearance money and their win bonuses because it could be the difference between paying the bills and not paying the bills.
Russell got it right with Harry, he would play a couple of games, then missed a few or come on as a sub. He gave me my own little bit of history too, because he came on for me in his first match at Rochdale at Spotland for his first appearance in professional football. I’ll take that!
But if you had asked me if Harry would go on to achieve everything he has, the answer would have to be no. If one player out of those three was going to make it, I would have said it was Tom Carroll.
‘Kane’s personality stood out’
Scott Marshall, reserve team manager at Norwich, 2012-13
Chris Hughton was the manager when Harry came in on loan and the thing that really stood out for me was his attitude and his personality. He has been a resilient character, that comes through in his development because it certainly hasn’t been a straight road to success for him. Years and years of hard work means he thoroughly deserves everything he gets.
I was looking after the 21’s at the time and Harry came and spent some time with us when he returned from treatment for a broken foot (suffered in a League Cup tie against Doncaster in early September). He needed to get some minutes under his belt in the final stage of his rehab. It was a good group, with the Murphy boys (Jacob, now at Newcastle, and Josh, currently at Oxford United), and Harry was clearly a very good young player.
I remember him scoring in one particular match but it was his personality that stood out more than anything. I’ve bumped into him a couple of times since and had conversations with him and nothing has changed. He’s just a good bloke.
‘He’d have a winners’ medal at Leicester!’
Steve Walsh, former Leicester City captain
Harry was brought in on loan towards the end of the 2012-13 and you could see he had something about him. There’s a picture somewhere of Harry with a young Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater, the three of them are sat on the bench waiting to get on. He lacked a bit of physicality at that time, that was noticeable in a very tough league like the Championship.
But you could tell he had come through a good academy system at Spurs. Technically, he was very good with his feet and was a clever player. You could see that in the way he linked the play. He was sent out on loan to get some match experience in a lower league, and Leicester under Nigel Pearson was probably the perfect place for him at the time.
He scored a couple of goals too, one against Blackburn in his first home game, which went down very well with the supporters. It’s just a shame he couldn’t help us get past Watford in the play-off semi-final!
Quite a few of that side were still with the club when we won the league three seasons later. I think Tim Sherwood said earlier this week that Leicester nearly bought him for £600,000 – he might have a Premier League winners’ medal if they had!