England captain Harry Kane has insisted that he will be unselfish in front of goal during the Three Lions’ World Cup campaign.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker, who scored 41 goals in all competitions last season, was given the armband by manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the tournament, with England playing their first match on Monday.
Kane also said that he feels no extra pressure being skipper, telling The Mirror that he is “still the same man”.
“Whatever anyone says, my game has always been about putting the team first,” the 24-year-old said. “Obviously, as a striker, first and foremost you have to have that little bit of selfishness when you are in front of goal.
“But I would always say that if I had a team-mate in a better position, then I would give him the ball without fail. If I was one-on-one with the keeper, for example, and my team-mate was next to me with an open goal then I would pass.
“I feel exactly the same now as I did before I was captain. I don’t feel any extra pressure just because I’m wearing the armband. My game won’t change. Certainly my personality won’t change. I still look to push myself, to push other players, and I hope my team-mates can now look at me as someone they can talk to. But I’m still the same man. I haven’t changed.”
England’s game against Tunisia is followed by ties with Panama and Belgium in Group F.