Bursaspor of Turkey defender, William Troost-Ekong took advantage of lining out with the Super Eagles against England on Saturday to reunite with one of his childhood pals, Harry Kane, who captained the hosts on the evening at Wembley.
Though Nigeria lost the game 2-1, Troost-Ekong would not be daunted and qucikly met up with Kane after the game, to relive memories of the days they had together in the youth team of Tottenham Hotspur several years ago.
Incidentally, it was Kane who scored England’s second goal against Nigeria on Saturday, following up on the opener from Gary Caghill, but Troost-Ekong wiould have said the striker’s ‘sins’ were forgiven, as they met in the dressing room after the encounter.
England’s total first-half domination was emphasised when Kane scored his eighth goal in his last seven appearances no thanks to a sloppy clearance by Ogenyi Onazi.
Nostalgic scenes were then enacted in in the tunnel as England captain Harry Kane shook hands and exchanged his shirt with Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong who showed he could hold his own against a world class striker.
Troost-Ekong disclosed along the line that Kane once helped with filling out his registration form when he just arrived White Hart Lane as a young boy.
Troost-Ekong, who played his youth football at Spurs before moving on to Holland with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht, said afterwards: “(Kane) was one of the first guys that sat me down and helped me. It’s amazing to see how well he has done.”