Harry Kane has revealed that working with a new physio has made him less prone to ankle injuries, giving him hopes of shining for England at the World Cup this winter.
The England captain decided to seek extra help after sustaining a torn hamstring during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton in January 2020. The Spurs striker felt the tear was the result of repeated serious ankle injuries and his frustration led him to turn to a Spanish fitness expert on the recommendation of an athlete from another sport.
Kane said his physio, whose identity he declined to disclose, has had a huge impact on his body. The 29-year-old has not suffered a long-term ankle injury since the end of the 2018-19 season. Nations League draw against Italy – and he feels more relaxed now.
“We’ve been working together for almost three years,” Kane says. “He’s been really great to me. We’ve worked hours and hours over the past three years, built a really good relationship and I feel like he’s really helped me.
“I’ve seen changes in my body in terms of what my ankles looked like before and now. I’m in a totally different place, so it’s really enjoyable.
“I’ll use it maybe a week out of the month. He doesn’t live in the UK so he comes over a week a month and stays with me.”
Kane, who said England’s players are fully behind Gareth Southgate, is more confident in his body. He has missed just five games since that defeat to Southampton through injury.
“I’ve struggled all season to play consistently,” he said. “Especially when you come to big tournaments, it’s nice to know that your body is in the right place. You can get injured at any time, be it a tackle or a bad move, but I think if you’re clear in your head and you’ve been playing consistently for a while, it definitely helps with your mindset.
“I wasn’t nervous, but I was frustrated. I kept getting ankle injuries and that led to a bigger hamstring injury. As I get older and more mature, you learn more about your body. When to push and when not to push too hard. You I learn along the way. That has helped me to play consistently at the level I have.”