Gareth Southgate Hints at Naming Harry Kane as New England Captain

Dominic Dawes
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Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the upcoming international fixtures against Germany and Lithuania, heaping a lot of praise on the currently injured Harry Kane - who is set to become England captain for Russia 2018 and beyond, according to the ​Daily Mirror.

The Tottenham striker suffered ankle ligament damage, ruling him out for a few weeks, during the 5-0 FA Cup win over Millwall, but has more than proven his worth now by scoring over 20 goals in each of the previous three seasons. 


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" Harry has definite leadership qualities," said Southgate ahead of the friendly against Germany . "He’s a very determined, single-minded individual, completely dedicated to improving and he’s having another outstanding season.


"He is in his third season now of playing at a very high level and getting high numbers of goals. It’s great.  I mean I haven’t been able to bloody to pick him yet!"


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Speaking about the potential leadership qualities of the Spurs man, Southgate added: "He’s vocal and Harry’s got an opinion. He’s always happy to speak up in front of the group. As are several others.  I think I always encourage that amongst players. I think I want to know what they’re thinking. I want to encourage that."

Current captain, Wayne Rooney, looks unlikely to command a starting role in England's 2018 World Cup side as the 31-year-old struggles for game time at Manchester United. 

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"Adam Lallana has definitely impressed me as an individual too," continued Southgate, who would've been expected to name Jordan Henderson as a candidate instead. "Chris Smalling is captaining Manchester United at the moment but there are other players that talk up well in meetings."

The England boss then reiterated a possible intention to drop Rooney as captain, adding: "The nature of the job is that you have to make difficult decisions.  And I don’t think Wayne expects sentimentality to come into those decisions."



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