Harry Kane is ready to welcome friend Tom Brady to London to try to convert him into a Tottenham fan.
But the England captain still hasn’t given up on his dream of one day joining Brady in the NFL – as a player.
Brady quit the New England Patriots last summer after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl wins to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On Saturday night he led the Bucs into the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, with Kane following his progress closely despite Brady having left Kane’s favourite team.
Kane, who became friends with Brady five years ago, has been to the Super Bowl and hooked up with the quarterback there, but he still has other American football wishes in mind.
The Tottenham striker said: “The main one is maybe looking at the option of playing in the NFL one day. That would be a bucket list, a dream come true.
“There’s still a long way to go between now and that moment. But it’s something that I’ve got one eye on.
“And who knows, towards the end of my career, I might take it a little bit more seriously. See how I’d go about that. You never know.”
Kane’s love affair with the sport started in his late teens when his wife’s brother taught him the rules but it was a Brady insight that really hooked him.
“When I was about 18, 19, I stumbled across a Tom Brady documentary on YouTube,” said Brady.
“I fell in love with him and his mentality, and the game as well. I chose the Patriots from that moment and just loved it ever since.
“We got in touch through Instagram four or five years ago. I was already a big fan of his and the way he worked and the way he was. He loves soccer and I know his son loves soccer as well.
“We got talking and I got the chance to go out and watch the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl and we caught up at the after party. That’s the first time I got to meet him in person.
“We both appreciate each other in the sport and I guess we have similarities in the way we are as people as well.”
Kane’s next mission is to get Brady on this side of the Atlantic to watch Kane play in Tottenham’s new stadium, which is also home to at least two NFL games per season. Turning him into a Spurs fan however, may take some work.
“Whenever he gets the time, he said he would be over to come and watch,” said Kane.
“The schedule is pretty packed at the moment. And with everything that’s going on, we’re not sure when the fans are going to be back, but I’m sure he will get over and watch a game. It’ll be great to see him in the new stadium.
“I think he’s just a football fan in general. We’ll have to keep on trying to convert him into a Spurs fan. I know he appreciates good play and a good team, so I’m sure he’ll be watching us and rooting for us this year.”
*Watch the full interview with Harry Kane on Channel 5’s Monday Night Football tonight, December 28 at 1am.