Harry Kane hopes for club and country delight in bid to end trophy hoodoo

Harry Kane hopes for club and country delight in bid to end trophy hoodoo

Harry Kane is hoping for a Hollywood ending to his first year at Bayern Munich as he targets success for both club and country to bring an end to his trophy hoodoo.

The England captain left boyhood club Tottenham to move to Germany last month and will be aiming to help Bayern win a 12th successive Bundesliga title.

It would be the first major honour of his career and – with a Champions League final at Wembley and the Euro 2024 finals taking place in Germany – Kane could yet lift silverware at homes old and new, having already watched a number of his England team-mates win the game’s top prizes.

“I have been told about the Champions League final in Wembley. I know the Euros are in Germany next summer so if there’s someone out there writing a movie, I will try and do my best to make it happen!” he said.

“It’s hard. There’s so much time to go I don’t want to think about it too much, but if it did happen it would be incredible.

“As a competitor, when the (England) boys are playing the Champions League and I am just sitting at home watching it, I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a part of me that hurt.

“Of course, I want them to do well – Kyle (Walker) and all those guys to win when they are in competitions I am not in – but a part of me wants to have those experiences.

“With the other players in the team having done that, I am not sure jealous is the right word, but it does motivate me to go on and try to push myself towards some of those trophies the guys have got.”

Kane, 30, already holds the records as top goalscorer for both England and Tottenham, but left the Premier League 47 goals shy of Alan Shearer’s unrivalled tally of 260.

While there were plenty of suggestions breaking that record was front and centre in Kane’s thinking – his move to Bayern on a four-year deal seriously dents those chances and he insists winning trophies would always trump personal accolades.

“I think there was a lot of talk about it (the record) and the fact I was getting closer to it, but I have never been anybody who has chased individual honours ahead of team awards,” he said.

The England captain hopes to end that hoodoo at Bayern
The England captain hopes to end that hoodoo at Bayern (Tom Weller/PA)

“I have said before in interviews, ultimately it comes down to me to see how good I can be and I felt like I had to be playing Champions League football and competing for titles each year. Bayern Munich definitely gives me that.

“The record, of course, would be amazing and it might be amazing if one day I do end up breaking it. But it is not why I play football and my move shows that.”

England boss Gareth Southgate suggested last week that Kane winning trophies would be a good thing for the national team, something the striker agreed with.

“I think so,” he added. “Of course, there is no hiding the fact it is the one thing missing from my career at the moment and when you have got players in the squad who have won things, you want to be part of that as well and have those experiences as well.

“Just the experiences of having title runs and cup runs and hopefully a Champions League run will only add, hopefully, to handling pressure in certain situations. If we are going to win anything with England we are going to have to deal with that. Me, being captain, I want to put myself in that position as much as possible.

“Whether I win or not, I the decision (to join Bayern) came down to putting me in those situations. With Bayern Munich sometimes we expect them to win because they have won it for the last 11 years.

“In my short period there is still a lot of pressure to win these trophies. We have not won the cup for a few years and we have not won the Champions League for a few years so there is definitely a lot to gain and a lot of pressure to take.

“Time will tell, but at the moment I am enjoying that feeling and for the rest of the year it is a good competition to have.”