Harry Kane has revealed that working with a new physiatrist has made him less prone to ankle injuries, boosting his hopes of shining for England at this winter’s World Cup.
The England captain decided to seek extra help after rupturing his hamstring Tottenham lost 1-0 to Southampton In January 2020. The Tottenham striker felt the tear was caused by recurring serious ankle injuries and his frustration led him to turn to a Spanish fitness expert on the recommendation of an athlete from a different sport.
Kane said his health, which he declined to identify, had a huge impact on his body. The 29-year-old has not had a prolonged ankle injury since the end of the 2018-2019 season – ‘touch wood’, he said while speaking to the media before the England game. The League of Nations A draw against Italy – and he’s more comfortable now.
“We’ve been together for nearly three years,” Kane said. “It’s been really great for me. We’ve worked hours and hours over the three years, and we’ve had a really good relationship and I feel like it really helped me.
“I’ve seen changes in my body in terms of how my ankles look before and after. I’m in a completely different place, so it’s really fun.
“I’ll use it maybe one week out of the month. He doesn’t live in the UK so he comes more than one week out of the month and stays with me.”
And Kane, who said the England players behind Gareth Southgate, was more confident with his body. He has missed just five matches through injury since that defeat to Southampton.
“I was struggling to play constantly throughout the season,” he said. “Especially when you’re in the big leagues, it’s great to know that your body is in a good place. You can get injured at any moment, whether it’s a tackle or a bad move, but I think when you’re on your mind and you’ve been playing constantly for a while, that’s for sure. It helps your mind.
I wasn’t worried but I was frustrated. I kept having ankle injuries which led to a bigger injury to my hamstring. As I get older and more mature, you learn more about your body. When to push and when not to push too hard. You learn as you go. It helped me to consistently play at the level I have.”