Terry Butcher believes Harry Kane should be handed the Three Lions captaincy at this summer’s World Cup because the striker ‘thrives on pressure’.
Kane has already scored 39 goals for club and country this season and hopes are high he will enter the tournament in Russia in sparkling form.
Gareth Southgate has rotated the England captaincy since Wayne Rooney’s departure , with Kane leading the side on four occasions.
Given the striker has scored five goals during those matches — which were World Cup qualifiers against Scotland, Slovenia and Lithuania, and a friendly with France — it is clear the armband carries no extra weight.
And legend Butcher, who was capped 77 times for England and featured in three World Cups, wants the 24-year-old to shoulder the responsibility.
‘I think there will always be pressure on him when you look at the number of goals he’s scored for both Tottenham and for England too. So why not make him captain?’ Butcher told The Daily Mail
Butcher added: “I think he thrives on pressure, I don’t think Harry Kane worries about that. He gets on with it. He has hit the ground running with England and Spurs.If you provide him with chances, he is never afraid to shoot. He isn’t about scoring the perfect goal, he’ll happily score a scruffy goal, a mis-hit goal, do whatever you need to do to get a goal.
Butcher went on to say: “He also leads the line so well, coming short, helping people go in behind, he is a good team player.
‘I would like him as captain – he is young enough to be in a lot of England squads in the future so why not make him captain. Give him that pressure. He does respond well to that.’
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