Harry Kane: 'The desire to play in the NFL is real'

Kane to trade life in the EPL for the NFL?

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has admitted his desire to play in the NFL when he retires from football in '10 or 12 years' time. The 25-year-old, who has become one of the worlds deadliest strikers in recent years, said the 'desire to play in the NFL is real' and that should he make the switch across the pond, it would potentially see him considered as 'one of the greatest sportsmen ever'.

Speaking to ESPN, Kane said: "If you play in the Premier League and the World Cup and you then play in the NFL, would you then be considered one of the greatest sportsmen ever?"

"It goes back to that drive to be the best. Even if I download a game on my phone, can I be the best in the world?" He added.

The 37-capped England international, who was on the scoresheet in the Three Lions' resounding 5-1 win over Montenegro on Monday evening, has always been a fan of the NFL - both of his dogs are named after league superstars Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.

Kane has netted 125 goals in 176 appearances for Spurs since his debut for the club in 2014, and is known to be one of the best penalty takers in the world. His skills with a football would be easily transferrable to the American game, with his intentions of becoming a kicker a more than achievable prospect in the future.

Having recently met up with New England Patriots quarter-back Tom Brady, who is arguably the best player to ever grace the NFL, Kane spoke of the similarities between himself and the 41-year-old.

"We've had a similar path being doubted when we were younger - maybe not being the best athletes as kids," he said.

"Not many people thought he'd become that good or even play in the NFL and he went on to become the best ever.

"At the time, it gave me a real boost to say, look, anything is possible. If you have that self-belief and that drive and that hunger, you can do it."

After Brady secured his sixth Super Bowl title after beating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in February, he invited Kane to the Patriots' official victory party following a brief conversation on social media.

"We'd kind of become friends but had never met," said Kane. "It was a bit strange. I hadn't been a fan of any team since I was young and supporting Tottenham."

Kane will today be awarded with an MBE for his services to sport from the Duke of Cambridge.