Harry Kane has conceded his admiration for NFL star Tom Brady almost got in the way of his own club loyalties.
The Tottenham striker is a huge fan of American football and has even opened the door to potentially making the switch in the future.
A self-confessed New England Patriots fan, Kane was disappointed when star Quarterback Brady was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the summer.
So much so, the England captain even considered switching allegiances as he explained in a chat with Houston Texans’ star JJ Watts for Sky Sports.
“I stayed with the Patriots. I was loyal, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had one eye on Tom – it has been an interesting story to see him go to the Bucs and do well,” Kane said. “That has been great to watch.”
At 43, Brady is is bidding to win a seventh Super Bowl winners ring on Sunday as Tampa meet Kansas City chiefs in the showpiece event in Florida.
He already holds the individual record for amount of wins with six.
Prior to his move, Brady had played his entire career with the Patriots – similar to Kane, who bar a few loan spells has stuck with Tottenham throughout.
That could well be tested in the years to come, following Kane’s admission less than a year ago that he wouldn’t stay at Tottenham “for the sake of it” if the club were unable to match his ambition.
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No doubt seeing his idol Brady competing for another major honour will make Kane ponder what he has to show for his own efforts so far, having yet failed to win a single trophy at Spurs.
Nevertheless, Kane is aware the grass isn’t always greener.
“Obviously, the Patriots had a bit of a rough season, but I’ve got to stick with them,” he added. “You can’t always have the highs, you’ve got to have some lows as well.”
While Tottenham’s Premier League title bid has been blown off course, Kane does have the chance to end his trophy search in April’s Carabao Cup final against Man City.
There is also the small matter of leading England into the European Championships in the summer, where he will look to add to his Golden Boot from the 2018 World Cup.
Kane was lethal in that tournament, particularly from the penalty spot as England finally ended their shootout hoodoo.
And the 27-year-old believes his experience of handling pressure situations would stand him in good stead if he ever does choose to opt for a career change as an NFL kicker.
“I get asked this question because I love the game so much and I mentioned it would be great to explore that opportunity one day, but I’m still thinking about soccer first,” he said.
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“I know it’ll take a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication to go out and do it. I know it’ll be a lot of training, a lot of practicing.
“Of course there’s a lot of technically gifted players in NFL who can kick it far and high but I guess it comes down to who can handle the pressure the best.
“I see that the game [often] goes down to last minute field goals. I like to think my experience of that in soccer would put me at an advantage.”