Harry Kane recently paid a visit to Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar for the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round.
Showing his support for grassroots football, the Premier League man-of-the-moment took on one lucky pupil at a game of FIFA 15 on the PlayStation 4 and passed on striking tips to young players in a Q&A session with some of the school’s football-mad pupils.
Find out what the students asked him and how he responded:
Which player inspired you to follow a career in football?
What does it take to become a professional footballer?
Hard work and self belief are the two main things. If you believe in yourself and you work hard at your game and try to constantly improve your game you can go as far as you want to go.
Have you always been a striker since you started playing football?
Pretty much. I had a few spells mainly in defence but I never really enjoyed it. Since I was young I always wanted to score goals and it worked out well in the end!
What’s been the secret to your own personal success this season?
I think hard work, we’ve got a good team as well which helps. It isn’t just me that’s doing well, it’s the whole team that is and we have a good manager that gets the best out of us
Who is the most difficult player you have ever played against?
I’ll probably say John Terry. I’ve played against him a few times this season and he’s a top class defender. He’s won all those trophies he has for a reason and is a very tough guy to play against
Who is the best player you played with?
Gareth Bale. He’s a world class player that’s really kicked on and is doing well at Real Madrid since he’s gone over there. I only played with him for a short amount of time but he’s a great player and a great professional and I learned a lot from him
What are your memories of your first professional game?
For Tottenham it was at White Hart Lane against Hearts in the Europa League, it was a special night for me even though I missed a penalty and we drew 0-0! But it was the start for me and definitely a moment I won’t forget.
What was your best and most important goal?
Probably the second Arsenal goal this season, just the importance of it and it was my first North London Derby and scoring the winner was a dream come true. Definitely a moment I won’t forget for the rest of my career!
Are you good at any other sports other than football?
I like to play golf in my spare time and I’m not that bad so that would be the second sport I would have played if I wasn’t a footballer.
What fixture do you look forward to the most?
Probably would be Arsenal – the fixture means a lot to the club and the fans. Playing against your local rivals in a really competitive game with a great atmosphere is what you want and that’s definitely the game I looked forward to the most.
What has been your most memorable game for Tottenham and why?
Again it would be the Arsenal game, just the way the game panned out was amazing and the best in my career so far.
When you are not playing football what do you like to do to relax?
I play golf a lot, and I also like to watch NFL a bit – a few of my mates are really big American Football fans so I’m into that. If I’m not doing that I’m probably watching other sports on TV or some live football.
Before a game, how do you prepare?
I try and get as much sleep as possible, and we get to the stadium about 3 hours before kick-off and have a pre-match meal and we just chill out around the stadium, listen to some music and focus on the game.
Who is the funniest person in the dressing room?
Probably Andros Townsend – everyone winds him up and he can get quite annoyed! But he’s a laugh and there’s some great banter around the dressing room.
Which teams do you think will finish in the top 4 in the Premier League this season?
I’m hoping we’ll be one of them, but it’s tough to call them. There’s a lot of good teams in and around the mix and with a fair bit of football still left anything can happen.
What is your favourite food/meal?
After a game I love to have a bit of steak and chips, it’s a meal I enjoy and it’s probably my favourite. Normally a lot of chicken and pasta before a game is another one I like.
What music do you listen to before a match?
We listen to all different types, bit of house music, R&B and stuff like that. All stuff that gets us ready for the game and keeps us focussed.
What has been the greatest highlight of your career?
My debut for Tottenham – it was such a proud moment and something I’ll never forget.
Who are you best friends in football?
Probably Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason. They’re players I’ve grown up with and obviously they’re both doing very well this season as well. It’s great to see my mates doing well and I really enjoy being on the pitch with them.