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Spurs star Kane: North London derby against Arsenal means more to us homegrown players

09:00 05 February 2015

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Harry Kane: "It's the biggest game for the fans, the club, the players."

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Harry Kane says he and Spurs’ homegrown players will be stressing the importance of Saturday’s north London derby to the other members of the squad and underlining its status as the biggest game of the season.

Kane comes from Walthamstow, while Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason hail from Leytonstone and Enfield respectively – and they were all boyhood Spurs fans, so they fully understand what this weekend’s clash against Arsenal at White Hart Lane means to the supporters.

There was a touching moment after Saturday’s 3-0 victory at West Brom as Kane briefly stood alone in front of the travelling Spurs fans, applauding their support and being treated to a rendition of ‘He’s one of our own’.

As Spurs prepare to go head to head with arch-rivals Arsenal, Kane feels his love for the club gives him a special connection with the supporters – and he knows Townsend and Mason will be equally keen to get one over on the Gunners.

“Does the derby mean more to us because we’re local and we’re Spurs fans? Yes I think so,” said the striker. “I think we realise how much more it means to everyone.

“We try to instil that in other players that maybe don’t know as much. We’ll be letting them know that it’s the biggest game of the season and we’ll be trying to get a win and really put in a performance.

“It’s the biggest game for the fans, the club, the players. We haven’t got a midweek game this week so we’ve got a little rest and then we’re really looking forward to Saturday – it’s going to be a great game.”

Kane started the season aiming to reach double figures and, having achieved that in November, he increased his target to 20. The 21-year-old reached that landmark on Saturday after his brace against West Brom but decided not to reveal his next ambition.

“I have set myself a goal in my head but I won’t let you know yet,” he said.

“When I get there I’ll let you know what it was, but I’m happy to get to 20 goals and there are still plenty more games so hopefully I can get a few more and see where it takes us as a team.”

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