Date: 2nd May 2018 at 9:13am
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Harry Kane is a fantastic footballer, but he’s less fantastic when it comes to public relations.

I guess spending a significant chunk of your life working for a company that views humour as something that is acceptable if served in appropriately sanitised doses. Bare in mind, it was THFC that welcomed the Met police into the ground, had fans arrested and issued with life bans – just for singing ‘Yid Army’ chants. But I digress…

This Golden Boot thing has actually become a Wooden Spoon that players and fans of all clubs (not to mention the FA themselves) are using to liberally smack Harry with on his forehead, and at every available opportunity. Kane told PA Sport:

“It is something I obviously want to win, every striker in the Premier League wants to win that Golden Boot and I am no different. I want to win at everything I do, whether it’s the Golden Boot, every game, if I am playing a game with my mates I want to win that.”

This is probably true, but if it doesn’t sound a tad psychopathic, it sure does sound entirely humourless.

But there’s more…

“The FA tweet was a silly tweet, we all know that. I talked to the gaffer about it and all he was saying was would other countries do that to their own players, probably not. It is something that has gone, it was two weeks ago or whatever it was, I am over it.”

So over it that you’re still discussing it, two weeks ago.

As I’ve said in relation to this before, Kane needed to diffuse this situation, perhaps with a throwaway remark, some self-deprecation, instead he’s fanning the flames.

Football by its very nature has broad band of dullness and repetitiveness to its narrative, and once an aspect about a club or player is embedded in the collective mindset, it is very difficult to extricate it.

Harry Kane’s World Cup is going to be punctuated with references to this nonsense, and probably his career.

All because he refused to laugh at himself.

  • Wig May 2, 2018 at 10:31 am

    If he joined in the joke at the beginning, the situation would have quickly diffused. Instead the oversensitive nature of it all gave trolls the ammo to continue taking the piss

  • gus May 2, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Harry Hotspur
    Very true. The press will destroy England and Kane will be just another piece of collateral damage.

    The sooner they realise England a barely a second tier international side and adjust their expectations accordingly, the better for the pressure on the players. I don’t know what it is with the british press, they did the same with Tim Henman at Wimbledon (and to Andy Murray until he finally won it)

    • Harry Hotspur May 2, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Tennis example is spot on.

      Prior to Murray tennis was a jolly English bit of fun.

  • Al May 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I think it will be forgotten next season, if he cracks on as he always has. But it’s certainly made the end of this one a shitshow. And when england inevitably fuck themselves in the eye at this World Cup, and the meedja are scratching around for digs, they won’t have to look far. Sigh.

    • Harry Hotspur May 2, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Very true. The press will destroy England and Kane will be just another piece of collateral damage.

      • gus May 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

        He should have taken the piss out of himself while gently mocking the FA. People like a little bit of self-deprecating humour. Perhaps he could have said the goal mattered because he need it to fill another square in the THFC sponsored Wimpy burger “score 10 goals get a wimpy burger free” card Daniel Levy gave him?

        • Harry Hotspur May 2, 2018 at 10:01 am

          This would have been perfect.

          ‘If don’t win the Golden Boot the wife says I have to clean the oven at home – come on lads, I need all the help I can get!’

  • Camus May 2, 2018 at 9:17 am

    His biggest mistake was getting the club to challenge whose goal it was after it had already been credited to Eriksen. Laughing at it may have diffused it to an extent, but not entirely.

    As you say, this will stick with him for some time now, eclipsing his goal-scoring stats which are mighty impressive.