Harry Kane in an Ireland jersey was looking like a distinct possibility last year according to Martin O'Neill. The Spurs striker who has had an incredible Premier League campaign so far this season is expected to be given his England debut in the near future, quashing speculation that he would use his Galway connections to line out for the Boys In Green.
However, that may have been possible depending on whether you believe the word of an agent.
According to O'Neill;
The order of events is that initially the agent got in touch and said that he would have a keen interest and we wanted to go and chase it up.
It would have been really nice. There's a fairly decent chance he might have had a few caps for us before he actually plays for England considering the way he's playing.
Despite that seeming 'come and get me plea', O'Neill revealed that he wasn't entirely convinced by the possibility.
But then I noticed in the newspaper where he said he wanted to play for England. That has remained the same. Someone was speaking to him recently and that was exactly the same conversation. Fine, if that's the case.
With the addition of another Harry to the Irish squad earlier this week, it certainly would have been nice to have had the option of some extra fire power up top and he would have been eligible, as Kane qualifies for Ireland through his father who is from Galway. Although O'Neill goes on to reveal that the rumour may have spread from someone working with Kane as opposed to an actual desire from the player.
Sometimes what agents do is they have someone who looks after the player who is not actually licensed to buy or sell or be involved as an agent but he was the one who called. He happened to call me on a day when Harry Kane said he wanted to play for England.