Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane has been named as England captain for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate named the 24-year-old as his skipper for the tournament during a meeting with the squad at St George’s Park on Monday night,” the Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,” Southgate said.
“He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.
“He has belief and high standards and it is a great message for the team to have a captain who has shown that it is possible to be one of the best in the world over a consistent period of time and that has been his drive.
“My feeling is that over the last 18 months in the camps that he’s been with us he has shown that he has got the desire to take that into a team environment and he recognises the importance of bringing others with him.”
Kane added: “It’s an amazing honour. To be leading the lads out is going to be special.
“But for me, nothing changes. I’m the same person, the same player and it’s all about the team and we have to do what we can and go as far as we can.”
Kane’s only major tournament appearance for England was the 2016 European Championship in France where England lost to Iceland in the round of 16.
England are in Group G with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.
By Chinomso Nnorom