Tottenham striker Harry Kane says being rejected by Arsenal was the best thing to happen in his career.
Kane was released by Arsenal’s academy when he was aged only eight only to bounce back from the early rejection to become one of the world’s best strikers with fierce rivals Spurs.
Kane wrote for the Players’ Tribune: “I remember the first time we played against Arsenal [for Tottenham’s academy team]and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.
“It might sound ridiculous. I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.
“Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal]was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.
“For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me.”