England captain Harry Kane reveals secrets behind improved fitness and injury record

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Harry Kane has credited the work with a new physio for being in the best shape he’s ever been, as he talked about how a hamstring injury in January 2020 led to a career-changing re-evaluation of his approach. The England captain has not had a major problem since, despite having previously suffered from repeated ankle injuries that had a knock-on effect.

While Kane wouldn’t name his new physio, only admitting he’s Spanish, he was elated with the results. The striker said he met him through an athlete friend, and works with him separately from Tottenham, but the club is clearly aware of it.

“I feel great – put it that way. Whether it’s the strongest I’ve been I don’t know, but I feel really good.

“I did my hamstring in January against Southampton on New Year’s Day [2020] and since then I have found this new physio and since then we have been working together for almost three years. He’s been really great to me, we’ve worked hours and hours for the past three years, built a really good relationship and I feel like he really helped me get my body…

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“I’ll use it maybe a week out of the month. He doesn’t live in the UK so he comes over a week a month and stays with me.

“I’ve seen changes in my body in terms of what my ankles looked like before and now. I’m in a totally different place. So it’s really nice, I’ve kept that under the radar. Not now! It’s the first time you asked me to be honest.’

Kane admitted injuries hit him.

“I wasn’t nervous, but I was frustrated. When you’re trying to put together a good season, you’re in good shape and you get the same kinds of injuries all the time – I kept getting ankle injuries and that led to a bigger hamstring injury. So I think as I’m older and more mature, you learn more about your body and how your body adapts to things, when to push and when not to push too hard, so you learn along the way, and I’ve certainly learned very well over the years about my body and myself, which has helped me to consistently play at the level that I have.

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“I was at a period in my career where I struggled to play consistently for a season. Especially when you come to big tournaments, it’s great to know that your body is in a good place. Of course you can do any getting injured at the moment, whether it’s a tackle or a bad move, but I think if you’re clear in your head and you’ve been playing consistently for a while, it definitely helps with your mindset moving into the seasons and big tournaments.”

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Kane, meanwhile, emphasized that Erling Haaland’s scoring form did not provide any additional motivation. He’s too one-sided for that.

“Everyone is talking about Haaland because he has had an incredible start to the season, and rightly so. As you know me, I don’t focus on too many other people, I focus on myself and what I can do. We’ve started the season well with the Spurs, we probably haven’t played our best football, but that’s a good sign that we know we can improve. And it’s probably one of the best starts I’ve had in the Premier League.”

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