Harry Kane ready to take on “leader” role for England

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Harry Kane will undoubtedly be named captain of Tottenham Hotspur one day, and you’d have to be crazy (or an Arsenal-England supporter) to say he won’t eventually take the armband for England as well.

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In fact, with Hugo Lloris the current Tottenham captain and only 30 years old, there’s a better than decent chance Kane will become captain for his country before his club.

With Wayne Rooney‘s club future far from certain, the current England captain was once again omitted from Gareth Southgate‘s squad for Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Scotland. The absence of Rooney, England’s all-time leading goal scorer, leaves the squad with a rather large void of leadership. It’s a void Kane isn’t just willing, but anxious, to step up and accept himself — quotes from Goal.com:

“I see myself as one of the leaders now in the team and I’m looking forward to it. I’m only 23 but I feel that there are a lot of younger players in the team compared to me and I have a good relationship with them.

“I have a good relationship with all the players – the older, the younger – and there are quite a few Spurs boys in there as well. It helps as we play with each other, train with each other day-in, day-out, so we know each other very well on the pitch, but off the pitch also.

“If someone is feeling a bit down, or if they’re not quite right then we are there to know that and help them out.”

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Of the 24 players in the squad for Saturday’s rivalry showdown in Glasgow, only Jermain Defoe (20) and Jamie Vardy (6) have scored more goals than Kane (5); and only Gary Cahill, who’s the current captain, and Joe Hart, whose 70 caps make him the most tenured player on a refreshingly young squad, seem obvious choices to prevent Kane’s ascension to the captaincy in the near future.

“We just want to go out there and do it again. We know it will be a bit tougher doing it away from home but, with the team we have got and the confidence we have got, we know we just have to go out there and not get too caught up in the moment.

“You have to be professional. Of course, it is going to be a passionate game but it’s about being calm and composed and sticking to the game plan. I feel we can do that. I feel we have a level-headed squad.”