According to The Daily Mail Frank Lampard has urged Gareth Southgate to name Harry Kane as his World Cup skipper as the England manager will name his captain before the end of the month, as his squad gather next week at St George’s Park to prepare for Russia.
The three lions head coach has rotated the captaincy to encourage different individuals to take responsibility, with Jordan Henderson taking the role seven times, Harry Kane on six occasions and Kane’s Spurs teammate Eric Dier wearing the armband for three games.
Henderson has lead Liverpool to a Champions League final, however Lampard says he would opt for Kane. ‘He is our superstar in terms of everyone in the world being aware of what he has achieved in two or three years,’:he said.
‘He has produced numbers to rival the top players in the world and is probably the one absolute star in our team in every game.
He added: “You are also talking about someone you can rely on, who is a good statesman, does the right thing, holds himself well – and scores a bundle of goals. He is like a talisman for us. Of the contenders Jordan Henderson has got a claim but I would go for Harry Kane for that reason.”
Lampard is hopeful that the issue won’t become a divisive one, as it has been in the past, when strong personalities seemed to fight for the responsibility.
“We have become obsessed about the England captaincy and I don’t think there is any need to be,”:said Lampard. Gareth has given people the experience of being captain, which helps form a team of captains. Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson and Gary Cahill, we have moved it around. And the players don’t care if Harry Kane is picked next week or whatever week it may be – they will respect that and move on.”
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