‘Different captains lead in different ways’ – Southgate reacts to how Kane is perceived

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England manager Gareth Southgate has insisted that Harry Kane leads by example on the pitch when asked about the Tottenham striker’s perception from the Amazon documentary.

Kane was one of the players who came off really well from Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’, which was released a few months ago.

Based on the evidence of the documentary, the striker behaves like a model professional around the training ground and remains humble despite his individual achievements.

However, some suggested, on the back of the series, that Kane’s pre-match team talks left a lot to be desired when Hugo Lloris was out injured for Tottenham.

When Southgate was asked about the sanitized impression of the 27-year-old in the documentary and his leadership skills, the England boss insisted that being a captain is not just about making rousing speeches in the dressing room.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference before England’s clash Belgium, the Three Lions boss said: “For me, everybody leads in different ways. I think the days are passing where everything was about Churchillian speeches. Different captains lead in different ways.

“Declan [Rice] has mentioned Hendo [Jordan Henderson] being very vocal on the field, but we have got players in our team who might say very little on the field but take the ball under pressure and that’s leadership in a different way.

“We have got others who are very vocal within the dressing room before the game. Some players are very vocal and some are not. We are not asking players to make special speeches before the game.

“We have had a go at that in the past, and in different moments different people will step up and speak. For me, that isn’t a total requirement of the team before the game.”

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