European Football

Kane named England’s captain for 2018 World Cup

Harry Kane has been confirmed as England captain for the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Kane, who has 12 goals from 23 international appearances, first captained his country during last summer’s World Cup qualifier in Scotland, before going on to wear the armband on a further three occasions.
He has been given the nod to continue the role in Russia over Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Kane’s Spurs team-mate Eric Dier, who were considered the other most likely candidates.
England manager Gareth Southgate said: “Harry has some outstanding personal qualities. 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.
“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.”
Kane last year described captaining England as the biggest moment of his career as he set his stall out for the full-time role.
“It was probably the most special moment of my career, personally,” said Kane, last June. “The manager told me (I was captain) just before training on Friday and it was quite emotional. There were a lot of emotions, lots of proud feelings and I told my family and my missus. They were delighted.
“It was something I have always dreamed about, as most kids do. So, to be given that opportunity by the gaffer and how the game panned out, to manage to score in the last minute was a very proud moment.”
Asked about his long-term prospects of keeping the captaincy, Kane replied: “I have said before I would love to be England captain.
“Obviously I don’t know what the gaffer’s feeling is on it. We have got leaders in the team and it is just the case that I am wearing the armband. I still play the same way. I still talk, I still shout in the same way.”

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