England manager Gareth Southgate has named Harry Kane as his captain England against Slovenia, but he is yet to choose a regular skipper.
The England boss confirmed Kane will lead the side out on Thursday night but he wouldn’t confirm our Harry as his long term captain.
Southgate has so far been reluctant to appoint a full time captain since succeeding Sam Allardyce and has instead name his skipper on a game-by-game basis.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson earlier this season led the team in wins over Slovakia and Malta, while Harry had the armband against France and Scotland.
Southgate is yet to decide if he will appoint a permanent successor to Wayne Rooney ahead of the World Cup in Russia next summer, but has said Kane is the man right now to lead England against Slovenia at Wembley.
“He is captain for tomorrow, which he knew a month ago,” said Southgate. “His leadership qualities are invaluable to us as a team and he is in a good moment in terms of his form.
“I enjoy working with him and I have known him for a long time and he is improving and maturing all the time.”
Harry spoke of his pride to have been handed the captain’s armband but is also respectful of others who may well experience the role before the start of the World Cup.
“It makes me very proud, growing up as a kid you dream of playing of your country and being captain as well,” enthuses Kane.
“There are plenty of leaders in this team and other guys are going to have a go to see how it feels.”
“I will go out there to try and win and score goals. There are plenty of players on the pitch who will help each other out when the going gets tough as well.”
The Three Lions can secure their place at Russia 2018 if they avoid defeat against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night. The squad travel to face Lithuania in Vilnius in their final match of qualifying on October 8.
Kane is in the form of his life right now and it’s a smart decision to give him the armband. Long term I would expect him to be given it and also expect him to be our skipper in the not to distant future. Congrats Harry your hard work is paying off.
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