England captain Harry Kane is to be awarded the Freedom of the City of London. The 29-year-old has been handed the award in recognition of his outstanding sporting achievements, the City of London Corporation said.
Kane will receive the award in January, after the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Speaking on the award, Kane said it was “a proud moment for myself and my family. It is a real honour to be recognised by the city I grew up in and love”
The Spurs striker was nominated for the award by the corporation’s policy chairman Chris Hayward and his deputy Keith Bottomley. Mr Hayward said that the striker “richly deserved” the award.
By all accounts, Kane had a slow start to his career. He was promoted to the Tottenham first team in 2009, and went on four consecutive loan spells to Leyton Orient, Norwich, Millwall and Leicester City.
After moderate success, Kane made his breakthrough at Tottenham towards the end of the 2013/2014 season. He scored his first goal for the club on April 7, 2014, netting in a 5-1 home win over Sunderland.
Since then, he has gone on to score a further 192 goals for Tottenham. Aside from his goals, he has won a string of awards including PFA Young Player of the Year, three Premier League Golden Boots, the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot, and Premier League Playmaker of the Season.
The news comes after Jurgen Klopp was awarded the Freedom of Liverpool. Klopp, who took charge of Liverpool in 2015, has gone on to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and more with the Reds.
At the beginning of August, Lionesses captain Leah Williamson became the first person to be awarded Freedom of Milton Keynes. The Arsenal defender captained the England ladies to a historic Euro’s triumph earlier this year.