Sandro: Harry Kane used to get teased in Tottenham training sessions

Tottenham Hotspur's Brazilian midfielder Sandro (3rd R) and Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (4th L) jump for the ball during the English Premier League football match between...

Harry Kane had to work hard to earn his Tottenham hero status.

Tottenham Hotspur's Brazilian midfielder Sandro (R) has an unsuccessful shot on goal during the UEFA Europa League qualifying round play-off second-leg football match between Tottenham...

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.

Harry Kane of Tottenham applauds the supporters following his teams 1-2 defeat during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at...

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."

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur shoots at goal but fails to score during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on...

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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