Harry Kane's rise no surprise to former team mate Grant Holt

Grant Holt is back at Carrow Road on Sunday for a special charity game with a difference. Picture: Paul Chesterston/Focus Images Ltd.

Grant Holt is back at Carrow Road on Sunday for a special charity game with a difference. Picture: Paul Chesterston/Focus Images Ltd.

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Harry Kane may have fired blanks at Norwich City but Grant Holt is not surprised he is now rated one of the most feared strikers in the world.

Holt returns to Carrow Road this weekend as part of the ‘Legends’ squad, taking on Inter Forever to raise money for the Community Sports Foundation’s new hub, The Nest, and mark the approaching 25-year anniversary of the famous Uefa Cup run.

Kane was a team mate of Holt at Carrow Road back in 2012/13 but failed to notch in two loan spells as a raw teenager.

The 24-year-old has since become a huge figure for Tottenham and England, and will be a key player at this summer’s World Cup.

“The thing with Harry is he’s a fantastic guy, he’s just a nice, nice guy,” said Holt.

“The one thing people will say if you ask anyone at Norwich is he’s an absolute finisher.

“Whenever we did a training session he’d score goals from any angle. He’s got a fantastic work ethic and it was hard for him to come into a new environment.

“He’d always be out at the end of sessions with me and the other strikers doing finishing and it’s not surprising when you see what he does now.”

Holt is prolonging his own playing career, alongside a coaching role at National League Barrow.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has not looked back from an early loan stint at City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has not looked back from an early loan stint at City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

“I think in football if you speak to any footballer, what you don’t realise is from the age of four or five you kick the ball against a wall, you watch your dad or you watch on television,” he said, speaking to football web site, Set Pieces. “The reason you do that is because you love the game of football and that should never leave you.

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“That can be the hardest part, when you get older and you can’t do it as you once could. But that’s irrelevant as long as you’re still enjoying it and still love the game – that’s the most important thing.

“Football is like any job in the world – you do a job to be the best at it. if you don’t do it to the best of your ability you shouldn’t be doing it.

“You want to get up the ladder but you have to earn your money because your career might only last 12 to 15 years.

“You’re not a solicitor who can sit there until you’re 65 and earn money for an extra 30 years.

“Everyone talks about the top end of football and how much money there is, but there are lads at lower league level who do it because they love it. Everyone talks about players on £300k a week and what not, but why not talk about the guy at Accrington Stanley or other clubs who’s there to feed their family.”

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