‘Kane in the NFL would be no surprise’ – Ex-Spurs & London Monarchs star Allen backs career change


Tottenham striker Harry Kane starring as an NFL kicker in the years to come would come as no surprise to Clive Allen, who once made his own switch from soccer to gridiron.

Back in the 1990s, the ex-Spurs frontman took in a stint with NFL Europe side the London Monarchs.

He had called time on his career as a prolific footballer by then, with the decision taken to swap the European variety of the game for the American one.

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It could be that a similar path is trodden by Kane at some stage, with the England captain known to be a big NFL fan.

He has already aired his ambition to give extra point duty a go once the time comes to stop scoring goals , and Allen sees no reason why the 26-year-old cannot be a sporting crossover star.

“Former strikers are the ones that can do it well,” Allen told the Daily Star .

“Kane has a great interest in it and I wouldn’t be surprised if in years to come he’ll be kicking an NFL football.

“Knowing Kane - and having worked with him - I know all about his mentality and attitude.

“I’m sure he could adapt his style to do the job and I wouldn’t put it past him being very successful at it.

“It’s also not got the physical demands of soccer - kicking at least - so players can go on a little longer.”

Harry Kane Tottenham 2019-20
Harry Kane Tottenham 2019-20

Kane has, however, been warned that stepping out of one world and into another may not be as easy as he thinks .

Allen admits there are certain intricacies that any rookie would need to adjust to, with it not as straightforward as merely swapping one ball for another.

He added: “The ball is not necessarily set perfectly when it’s snapped back to you, so you have to adjust - even in your run up.

“It’s a different technique, certainly from kicking a soccer ball.

“The NFL ball is remarkably light and deviates a lot.

“The kicking technique is straight leg, locked knee and pointed toe. And where you strike the ball is really important.

“It took quite a lot of practice and work for me to hone the skill and make it work.”

For now Kane is focused on events at Tottenham, with the Premier League outfit considered by many to require major silverware in order to prevent a prized asset from seeing his head turned in the transfer market .

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