Exclusive: Tim Sherwood on how Harry Kane defied the odds to become Tottenham star

But if Tim Sherwood, the manager who got the ball rolling on this extraordinary tale by giving Kane his big chance, had believed the scouting reports he got back from Kane’s various loan moves, the man set to lead England into Euro 2016 would now be plying his trade in League One.

Spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester, together with a handful of Europa League stints with Spurs, had offered little to suggest Kane would soon be heading the Premier League scoring charts. Luckily, Sherwood’s belief in his player was strong enough to ignore the feedback he was getting.

“I spoke to the managers players were working for when they went out on loan,” Sherwood said. “But I always maintain that I never listened too much to the reports of the other manager. I never used those to judge a player too far.

“Other people could judge him a certain way, I didn’t. Because if you judged Harry Kane on his loans, then he would probably be a League One player now.

“But that just shows the character of the kid. He took those knocks by going on loan and being told he was not good enough – basically, that is what they were saying by not playing him. They were saying he was not up to standard.”

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