Harry Kane had to work hard to earn his Tottenham hero status.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro has told ESPN that he recalls goal machine Harry Kane being teased in training by Spurs teammates, as they believed he would not make the first team.
Brazilian midfielder Sandro spent four years with the north Londoners before leaving in 2014. He now turns out for rock-bottom Serie A side Benevento, on loan from Turkish outfit Antalyaspor.
The former QPR hardman was effusive in his praise for England international Kane, 24, who worked the loan system before thriving at Spurs which saw him join the likes of Norwich City, Millwall and Leyton Orient on loan.
Sandro spoke of how Spurs players used to mock Kane in training as he was up and coming through the Spurs ranks, before finally making his Premier League debut in August 2012 as a late substitute for Sandro against Newcastle United.
"Kane, I define in one word: 'Worker,'" Sandro said. "All he does is a matter of training and confidence. Since when he was young me and [former Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho] Gomes spoke of him: 'Damn, the kid is impossible, is training very well.'
"He used to call me to mark him in training because he knew I gave everything in all the works. 'Come, Sandro, mark me I will come up against you.
"Sometimes the other players would look at each other and make a banter, 'Look Harry Kane, poor guy, he thinks he's going to play.' It was as if they wanted to say: 'I'm going to play' and he stays there just training."
But Kane has finally showed what he is all about, on course to win a third consecutive Premier League golden boot after scoring a huge 35 goals this season already in all competitions.
He is even reportedly set to captain England this summer at the 2018 World Cup, according to the Daily Star, and will be relied upon to fire Spurs towards another three points against Bournemouth on Saturday.
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