On Tuesday, the Football Association announced that Harry Kane will be England’s captain at the World Cup in Russia.
“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,” Gareth 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, who has scored 12 goals from 23 appearances, first captained England during last summer’s World Cup qualifier in Scotland before going on to wear the armband on a further three occasions.
He was picked ahead of Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier, both of whom have captained England under Southgate. Asked about his long-term prospects of keeping the captaincy, Kane replied:
“I have said before I would love to be England captain [on a permanent basis]. We have got leaders in the team and it is just the case that I am wearing the armband. I still play the same way. I still talk, I still shout in the same way.”