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Arsenal rejection spurred me on, insists Kane after he hits 100 goals

Harry Kane has admitted he had a "chip on his shoulder" after he was released by Arsenal -but described their decision to reject him as the "best thing that ever happened to me".

Kane, who reached 100 Premier League goals for Tottenham with his dramatic injury-time penalty against Liverpool on Sunday night, was released by Arsenal's academy when he was aged only eight.

Kane said: "I remember the first time we played against Arsenal (for Tottenham's academy team), and even back then I had a chip on my shoulder. It might sound ridiculous. I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them I thought, 'Alright, we'll see who's right and who's wrong'.

"Looking back on it now, (being released by Arsenal) was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn't there before.

"For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me."

Kane scored a brace for Tottenham in his first senior appearance against Arsenal in a 2-1 victory back in 2015.

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