Late last week, England captain Gareth Southgate released his 23-man squad that he will bring to the World Cup in Russia this summer. Five Tottenham Hotspur players were included in that squad: Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, and one Harold Edward Kane.
Now, what was probably the worst-kept secret in English football has been revealed: Southgate has named Kane England’s captain for this summer’s tournament.
This shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone. England haven’t had a settled captain since Wayne Rooney hung up his boots, and Southgate has experimented with a number of captains including Kane, Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson, Joe Hart (lol) and Eric Dier. Even so, this makes the most sense — Kane is England’s best player, has captained England before (and taken the responsibility seriously) and is only vice captain at Spurs because he’s behind France’s captain Hugo Lloris which is probably a metaphor or something but whatever. There isn’t a sane person who doesn’t think this is a good choice.
Case in point, here’s a dissenting opinion from Kristian Walsh in the Liverpool Echo who is righteously indignant that by naming Kane to the captaincy Southgate has denied Jordan Henderson from being only the second person in history to lift the European Cup trophy and the World Cup trophy in the same season. Talk about an Unpopular Liverpool Opinion!