London Fields tribute to Harry Kane and his England team taken down
- Credit: Jenny Matthews
England's defeat at Euro 2020 is still being felt by football fans around the country, with remnants of the match now disappearing from sight in Hackney.
Finsbury Park artist Magnus Irvin, who recently wrote and illustrated a book about his experiences with prostate cancer, decided to pay tribute to the England team with a statue of captain and world renowned Tottenham Hotspur's striker Harry Kane.
The monument, which Magnus made out of materials on the street before the big match, once stood on a tree stump plinth by Pub on the Park in London Fields.
He said yesterday (July 14): "Just heard via a friend that the council were going to bin him so we've just rescued Harry and he's waiting for his next match."
Magnus continued: "I'd had my eye on that tree stump for a long while and was waiting for a good reason to plonk something on it.
"After seeing the recent Princess Diana monument and then remembering some of the previous splendid football sculptures – Ronaldo and Maradona being fine examples – it became obvious that something to celebrate the England team would be appropriate and as I'm a Spurs fan I made Harry Kane."
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"[Harry's] made out of materials I found on the street so it ticks the 'recycling' box and he didn't cost much to make," Magnus added.
"I've heard that the residents of Crawley want a statue of Gareth Southgate so I'm hoping they bear me in mind when choosing an artist."
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England was beaten by Italy in a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (July 11). The national team, led by Gareth Southgate, came close to bagging their first major trophy since the World Cup in 1966.
But the team lost on penalties and their next chance at a major trophy will be the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.