Kane has been chosen ahead of Jordan Henderson, despite the Liverpool captain leading his side to the Champions League final this season.
Harry Kane will captain England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it has been announced
Kane and Gareth Southgate shake hands at St George’s Park ahead of an open training session
The pair will have a close relationship in Russia as Kane captains Southgate’s England team
‘Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,’ Southgate said upon revealing the news on Tuesday morning.
‘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.
‘It’s a fantastic honour for Harry, and it’s well deserved. He’s got outstanding leadership qualities. He’s prepared to challenge people, and now is the moment in his life where he’s prepared and wants to bring that into the team environment.’
Kane, at the age of 24, becomes the youngest man ever to captain England at a major tournament – overtaking Bobby Moore’s record of 25 at the 1966 World Cup.
Kane also had his say on Tuesday, describing the news as an ‘amazing honour’ as he stood alongside Southgate at St George’s Park.
‘You always dream of playing for England growing up, and to be named captain is a little bit more,’ he said.
Kane has worn the armband for the England national team on six previous occasions
Kane described it as an ‘amazing honour’ to be named captain for the tournament in Russia
Kane (centre) was preferred to Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson ahead of the tournament
ENGLAND’S YOUNGEST CAPTAINS
Harry Kane will become the youngest man ever to lead England at a major tournament when he steps out in Russia next month. Here is a list of the top five youngest England captains…
1) Harry Kane (24), World Cup 2018
2) Bobby Moore (25), World Cup 1966
3) Billy Wright (26), World Cup 1950
4) David Beckham (27), World Cup 02
5) Johnny Haynes (27), World Cup 62
‘I’m excited, I can’t wait for the World Cup, and to be leading the lads out will be special. For me, nothing changes, I’m the same person, same player, and we want to do as well as we can and go as far as we can.’
Last week, former England midfielder Frank Lampard led the calls for Kane to be named captain, despite Henderson having had the role more regularly.
‘He is our superstar in terms of everyone in the world being aware of what he has achieved in two or three years,’ Lampard told BT Sport.
‘He has produced numbers to rival the top players in the world and is probably the one absolute star in our team in every game.
Southgate claimed striker Kane is ‘ready’, while calling him a ‘meticulous professional’
Henderson has led Liverpool to the Champions League final but will not captain England
Frank Lampard (centre) described 24-year-old Kane ‘like a talisman’ for England
‘You are also talking about someone you can rely on, who is a good statesman, does the right thing, holds himself well – and scores a bundle of goals.
‘He is like a talisman for us. Of the contenders Jordan Henderson has got a claim but I would go for Harry Kane for that reason.’
Southgate has rotated the captaincy to encourage different individuals to take responsibility, with Henderson taking the role seven times, Kane on six occasions and Eric Dier wearing the armband for three games.
Now, though, the responsibility will be with Kane to lead the team out when the 23-man squad make the final trip to Russia next month.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.