England captain Harry Kane reveals the secrets behind improved fitness and injury records

Harry Kane has credited working with a new physical therapist with being in the best shape he’s ever been as he spoke of how a hamstring injury in January 2020 sparked a career-changing reassessment of his approach. The England captain hasn’t had any major problems since, despite previously suffering from repeated ankle injuries that had a knock-on effect.

While Kane declined to name his new physio, only admitting that he is Hispanic, he was gushing about the results. The striker said he came across him through a sportsman friend and is working with him separately from Tottenham – but the club are obviously aware of it.

“I feel great – let’s put it that way. I don’t know if it’s the fittest I’ve ever had, but I feel really good.

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

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

“I’ve seen changes in my body in terms of how my ankles were before and now after. I’m in a completely different place. So it’s really gratifying, I’ve kept that under the radar. Not now! It’s the first time you asked me to be fair.”

Kane admitted he was struggling with injuries.

“I wasn’t scared, but I was frustrated. Whenever you’re trying to put together a good season you’re in good shape and you always end up with the same injuries – I’ve always had ankle injuries and that led to a major hamstring injury. So I think the older and more mature I get, the more you learn about your body and how your body adapts to things, when to push and when not to push too hard. That’s how you learn over time, and I’ve definitely learned a lot about my body and myself over the last few years. That helped me to play consistently at the level I am.

“I was at a stage in my career where I was struggling to play consistently throughout a season. Especially in big tournaments it is good to know that the body is doing well. Of course you can get injured at any time, whether it’s a tackle or a bad move, but I think once you’ve got your mind clear and you’ve been playing consistently for a while, it definitely helps to get into the game with attitude, seasons and big tournaments.”

Kane, meanwhile, insisted that Erling Haaland’s goalscoring form hadn’t provided any additional motivation. He’s too focused for that.

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/harry-kane-england-injuries-world-cup-qatar-b2173449.html England captain Harry Kane reveals the secrets behind improved fitness and injury records

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