Spurs striker Harry Kane has been officially named as England’s captain for the Russia World Cup 2018 . Gareth Southgate had previously hinted that the armband would go to either Harry Kane or Jordan Henderson, and it’s the Spurs man who prevails.
The Tottenham Hotspur frontman has scored 30 Premier League goals this campaign, his best ever season in front of goal. Additionally, Kane has skippered England for much of the qualifying campaign in the run-up to the tournament.
A very proud day. It means a lot to me to be named @England captain. A massive thanks to family, friends and fans who have supported me through thick and thin. 🦁🦁🦁 #EnglandCaptain #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/afncNkoVnd
— Harry Kane (@HKane) May 22, 2018
Gareth Southgate commented that,
“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… I think he is the one who is ready to take that challenge on”
One quality that a captain must display is the unwavering desire for continuous improvement. Harry Kane has demonstrated, and still demonstrates, this every time he steps on to the field.
Take the period between England’s embarrassing performance to Iceland, that saw us eliminated from the Euros in 2016, and the present day as an example. For Spurs, Kane’s goal tally has increased every year, culminating this season with a striking 30 goals to his name. In 2017, he broke Alan Shearer’s record for most goals in a calendar year. For England, Kane first captained the side in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland – scoring the last goal of the game. He scored the winner against Slovenia to secure English qualification. Whether you rate the man or not, he has improved dramatically since we saw him taking corners in the 2016 Euros. Southgate justified his choice by saying,
“Harry 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”
Russia 2018 will be Harry Kane’s first World Cup
A captain should lead by example, and Kane has undeniably shown the fighting character and determination to improve and thus, deserves wholeheartedly to captain the national team. Harry Kane told the press that,
“It’s an amazing honour… you always dream of playing for England growing up, to be the captain is that little bit more”
Harry Kane pours his passion into every single Spurs game, into every goal he scores. In recent times, his desire to increase his goal tally has landed him at the blunt end of a social media tirade. After ‘swearing’ on his ‘daughter’s life’ that he had the final touch on a Christian Eriksen free-kick against Stoke, the Twittersphere was relentless in its criticisms of the appeal.
🦁 Captain Kane! 🏴
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 22, 2018
But it shows the character of the man, that he believed the glory to be his, so he stood up and took it. He will believe beyond all doubt that England are capable of not just getting through the group stage of this World Cup, of not just getting to the final, but taking home the trophy. Harry Kane is strong-minded, meticulous, and clearly transfixed with the opportunity for success and glory. That is why he has been named England captain for the World Cup 2018, not just his qualifications, but that inner quality you simply cannot teach on the training ground.