'He has to go' - Jermain Defoe urges Harry Kane to leave Tottenham to win silverware

The England captain is still yet to lift a trophy with Spurs...

Harry Kane of Tottenham. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images)

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has argued that Harry Kane must leave the north London club if he is to consistently win silverware over the remainder of his career.

The 27-year-old has been on the books with Spurs for 17 years, having graduated from the club’s academy.

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Since making the step up to the first team he has scored 215 goals in all competitions, and has established himself as England captain.

But Kane is still yet to win a trophy with his boyhood side, and Defoe is of the opinion that it could be time for him to seek a new challenge elsewhere.

The veteran hitman made a move to Rangers in January 2019, and has since gone on to secure his first ever league title with the Gers at the age of 38.

Comparing his career to Kane’s, Defoe has urged that Spurs star to not leave it too late if he wants win medals of his own.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “If you’d have asked me this question a few years ago, I’d have said he should have stayed there. What he’s done at the football club – he’s a legend.

“Since I’ve come away from that and gone to Rangers, I’ve seen that mentality and played for another big club, the importance of playing for that club and winning every game, that mentality, the standards and demands.

“You have to win and bring silverware, otherwise it’s not good enough. When you actually achieve that and the feeling you get from that – wow. I wish I had that earlier on in my career.

“If Harry Kane wants that and wants to win trophies then it looks like he has to go.

“I don’t think it will be easy for him to leave and he might be looking at it and want to finish off being the highest goalscorer in the club’s history and see where that takes him.

“He can hopefully win a few trophies, but if he’s really craving medals then he really has to go.”