London Fields tribute to Harry Kane and his England team taken down

London Fields, Hackney. Impromptu sculpture of Harry Kane by Magnus Irvin.

Magnus Irvin's Harry Kane statue in London Fields, hours before the England v Italy Euro 2020 final. - 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."

The statue pays tribute to England captain and Tottenham Hotspurs striker Harry Kane. 

The statue pays tribute to England captain and Tottenham Hotspurs striker Harry Kane. - Credit: Jenny Matthews

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. 

Magnus Irvin in his Hackney flat

Magnus Irvin with his book Cancer Times: A Beginner’s Guide to Prostate Cancer, in his Hackney flat. - Credit: Stefania Di Cio`

"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. 

London Fields, Hackney. Impromptu sculpture of Harry Kane by Magnus Irvin, appears hours before the

Magnus's Harry Kane statue stands on a tree stump plinth in London Fields, near Pub on the Park. - Credit: Jenny Matthews

But the team lost on penalties and their next chance at a major trophy will be the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The statue is made out of waste materials found on the street. 

The statue is made out of waste materials found on the street. - Credit: Jenny Matthews

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