In the latest England news, Gareth Southgate has confirmed Tottenham striker Harry Kane will captain England at the 2018 World Cup.
The Spurs hitman has enjoyed another strong season domestically, netting 41 goals across all competitions to help his club finish third in the Premier League, and Southgate feels he is the right man to lead out England in Russia.
Kane, who is priced at 16/1 to win the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup with Sky Bet, has been a key figure for the national side since coming off the bench to score just 80 seconds into his debut against Lithuania in March 2015.
Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson have recently captained England, but Southgate feels Kane is fully deserving of the role.
“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,” Southgate said. “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 will become the youngest player to skipper England at a World Cup, snatching the record from Bobby Moore, who was 25 when he led the national side to victory at the 1966 edition of the tournament.
His first assignment will come in the friendly against Nigeria at Wembley on June 2, with a second World Cup warm-up game set to be played at Elland Road against Costa Rica on June 7.
England then head to Russia and will take on Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G.