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The 20-year old admits his breakthrough season is all thanks to the manager who he is thankful for giving him a chance when the club possessed other high-profile names

Tottenham forward Harry Kane has thanked manager Tim Sherwood for giving him a chance in the first-team at White Hart Lane.

The England Under-21 international had struggled to break into the starting XI in previous years having been out on loan to four different clubs.

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However, since Sherwood's appointment during the Christmas period Kane has developed into an important first-team player, scoring four goals in 18 appearances, and he admits he owes it all to the man in the dugout.

"He [Tim Sherwood] gave me the chance here. I was training well and looking sharp," Kane is quoted in The Sun.

"When he was going to play me, he let me know a few days before I've been able to repay his faith with the goals.

"Tim knew what I could do. I have known him for a while and he has seen me score goals before. He has just told me to play my games, be confident and express myself.

"Establishing myself has always been a goal for me. Even when I was out on loan, I knew I wanted to come back and play for Tottenham.

"To do that this season has been great - having someone like Emmanuel Adebyaor around is helpful too.

"He's been around top clubs in Europe and to play alongside these guys is great. It can only help."

Spurs qualified for the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the campaign, yet Sherwood is expected to be sacked in the close-season.

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