Bringing it home

Former Chingford schoolboy given ‘freedom of borough’ after winning World Cup Golden Boot

England captain Harry Kane

Harry Kane was born in Leytonstone and grew up in Walthamstow and Chingford, where he went to school (credit Кирилл Венедиктов)

Harry Kane’s former PE teacher has expressed his pride in the England captain for winning the World Cup Golden Boot.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker was born at Whipps Cross Hospital and grew up in Walthamstow and Chingford, attending Larkswood Primary School and Chingford Foundation School – which also counts David Beckham among its ex-pupils.

At the FIFA World Cup in Russia last month Harry led England to the semi-finals, their best performance in three decades. With six goals he also finished as the tournament’s top scorer, an achievement honoured with the Golden Boot.

Mark Leadon, Harry’s former PE teacher at Chingford, told the Echo: “The school is extremely proud of Harry’s achievements and we hope that he continues to go from strength to strength for both club and country.”

Harry has twice returned to Chingford Foundation School to take an assembly and talk about his experiences as a professional footballer, presenting the school with a signed shirt. He also once returned to watch the sixth-formers play in a cup final.

Mark added: “Harry will always be part of the Chingford family and we are delighted, that along with David Beckham, the school has produced two iconic England captains.”

The Golden Boot is not the only major honour Harry Kane won this summer – Waltham Forest Council has also bestowed him with the ‘freedom of the borough’. Councillor Clare Coghill, the council leader, said: “Harry Kane is a hero to millions but it isn’t just his footballing ability that marks him out to be given the freedom of the borough.

“He has shown incredible perseverance and maturity throughout his career and to captain England at a World Cup at the age of 24 shows just how many leadership qualities he possesses.

“I’m proud that our borough welcomed his Irish father, that his family could make their home here, and he received the opportunities to make the most of his footballing talent.”

After learning he’d won the freedom of Waltham Forest, Harry tweeted to say that he had “lot of great memories growing up in the area”.