Harry Kane was let go by Arsenal at the age of eight because “he was a bit chubby,” according to the Gunners’ former academy director Liam Brady.

Kane scored the winner as Tottenham beat Arsenal 1-0 in Saturday’s north London derby.

“He was a bit chubby, he wasn’t very athletic but we made a mistake,” Brady told Corriere della Sera (via Sky Sports).

“But Tottenham sent him out on loan to lower-division clubs three or four times as well.

“But through his determination he has carved out an amazing career and he deserves it. He has a character that drives him to improve all the time.

“After (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Robert) Lewandowski there is him. The numbers say it. And he’s only 24 years old.”