England finally overcame a dogged Tunisia team thanks to a late winner by Harry Kane, the grandson of Irish emigrants from Connemara, County Galway to England.
England’s Harry Kane showed why he was the rising star of the World Cup with two killer strikes to see off a dogged Tunisian team.
Kane, whose agent once contacted Irish football authorities with a view to him playing for Ireland, is England’s captain and has the potential at just 25 years old to become one of the top strikers in the world.
His winning goal showed why. With Tunisia relying on a packed defense and securing a draw which would have been a huge achievement for them, the clock ticked into added time with no seeming prospect of a winner for England.
Kane, however, never gave up and when an in-swinging corner was headed on to him he made no mistake with an expert header into the Tunisian net. Cue pandemonium and a huge sigh of relief for English fans!
Harry and his brother grew up in a completely Irish environment in London according to the Irish newspapers. Last week the Connacht Tribune newspaper had a banner headline “He’s One of Our Own” with a picture of Kane.
His Irish family is actually Gaelic speakers from the Connemara Gaeltacht and it doesn't get more Irish than that.
He had a struggling start to his career at Tottenham Hotspur and the Irish soccer officials who monitor English and Scottish players missed him completely.
They only became aware of him when his agent called and told them his client might like to play for Ireland.
The Irish finally took a look but by then it was too late. The English Football Association snapped him up and he has become a world-class striker, something the Irish team sadly lacks.