EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

FourFourTwo - - EDITOR’S LETTER - @Four­fourt­woed Hitesh Ratna Edi­tor

The first time I dis­cussed putting Harry Kane on the front cover of

Four­fourtwo was in Jan­uary 2015. He was mid­way through his first full sea­son as a reg­u­lar starter for Spurs and had scored six goals dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod, in­clud­ing a brace against Chelsea. The North Lon­don derby was around the cor­ner and maybe, just maybe, it was the right time for his first big in­ter­view? In the end, I was out­voted: the gen­eral con­sen­sus was that it was a bit too soon. Af­ter all, we’d just in­ter­viewed Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Lionel Messi for the cover and were ne­go­ti­at­ing with Ney­mar for a Copa Amer­ica spe­cial.

Oh how things have changed. In just three short years, Harry Kane has gone from the fringes of the Tot­ten­ham first team to Eng­land’s one true world-class player, who will travel to Rus­sia this sum­mer just be­hind Messi, Ron­aldo and Ney­mar in the bet­ting odds for the World Cup Golden Boot. Not that Eng­land’s No.9 is fazed by the chal­lenge ahead: he wants to com­pete with the very best and, cru­cially, make watch­ing Eng­land fun again. If he can do that, it will have meant they have had a suc­cess­ful World Cup. What suc­cess looks like right now is un­clear, but that shouldn’t stop us from en­joy­ing what is sure to be another fas­ci­nat­ing fes­ti­val of foot­ball. The World Cup’s al­most here… we can’t wait.

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