Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been announced as England’s captain for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate named the 24-year-old as his skipper for the tournament during a meeting with the squad at St George’s Park on Monday night, the Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,” Southgate said. “He is a meticulous professional 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, his Spurs team-mate Eric Dier and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had been considered the likeliest candidates for the role, and it had been thought that Henderson’s Champions League final-related absence from the St George’s Park training camp which began on Monday could delay any announcement, with Southgate expected to speak to all three before handing out the armband.
But confirmation arrived just before 9am on Tuesday morning that Kane, who has 12 goals from 23 appearances and first led his country during last summer’s World Cup qualifier in Scotland, has been given the honour for this summer’s showpiece event.
Southgate continued: “Of course, Harry will need the support of the other good leaders that we have got around him.
“You don’t become a top team by just having a good captain with good values because that has got to spread right throughout the group but I think he is the one who is ready to take that challenge on.”