Harry Kane has been confirmed as England’s captain for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, after the FA tweeted about it on Tuesday. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had been captaining England for the majority of the games ever since Steven Gerrard retired from international football, but manager Gareth Southgate has opted to go for clinical striker Harry Kane instead.
Kane, who currently has 12 goals for England from 23 appearances ended the domestic season as the second highest goal scorer behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, and will enter the World Cup in a rich vein of form. Speaking about handing the captain’s armband to Kane, Southgate said, “Harry has some outstanding personal qualities. 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.”
Kane: “It’s a massive honour. You always dream of playing for England growing up, and to be the captain is that little bit more. To be leading the lads out is going to be special.” pic.twitter.com/UaRZd8b4uJ
— England (@England) May 22, 2018
Kane himself spoke about leading the team out in the World Cup, saying, “Obviously you always dream of playing for England, growing up. To be the captain is that little bit more. So excited, obviously excited for the World Cup. I just can’t wait to be there and experience it. 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 just about the team. We’ve just got to do what we can and go as far as we can.”
England have been placed in Group G in the World Cup, with the other teams being Tunisia, Panama and Belgium. The ‘Three Lions’ will open their campaign against Tunisia on 18th June.