Harry Kane will lead out the Three Lions in Russia this summer
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Harry Kane will captain England at this summer’s World Cup, manager Gareth Southgate has announced.
The Tottenham striker has a stellar scoring record for the Three Lions, scoring 12 goals in 23 games.
Kane, his Spurs team-mate Eric Dier and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had been considered the likeliest candidates for the role.
But 24-year-old Kane, who is Tottenham’s third-choice skipper behind Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen, has been chosen as the man to lead out England at this summer’s tournament.
“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities and outstanding leadership qualities,” Southgate said at St George’s Park on Tuesday morning.
“He is a meticulous professional, he’s prepared the challenge people and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.
“He has belief and high standards and it is a great message for the team to have a captain who has shown that it is possible to be one of the best in the world over a consistent period of time and that has been his drive.
“My feeling is that over the last 18 months in the camps that he’s been with us he has shown that he has got the desire to take that into a team environment and he recognises the importance of bringing others with him.”
Kane wore the armband against Slovenia earlier this season, where he scored a vital winning goal
Kane, who has scored 45 goals in all competitions for club and country this season, added: “It’s an amazing honour.
“You always dream of playing for England when you’re growing up and to captain the team is that little bit more.
“I’m so excited for the World Cup, I can’t wait to be there and experience it, and to be leading the lads out is going to be special.
“But, for me, nothing changes. I’m the same person, the same player and it’s just all about the team and we’ve just got to do what we can and go as far as we can.”
Listen to Tuesday’s announcement, broadcast live on social media, IN FULL below:
It’s confirmed. @HKane will be our captain for the @FIFAWorldCup.
We’re live with the man himself and @GarethSouthgate right now: https://t.co/w1Bq1YL2Ns
— England (@England) May 22, 2018