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New England captain Kane aiming to do it the Rooney way after Hampden heroics

Date Posted,June 11, 2017

Harry Kane is desperate to keep the England captaincy — and is determined to learn lessons from Wayne Rooney.

With Rooney’s international career coming to an end, Tottenham striker Kane is in pole position to get the armband permanently after his Hampden heroics .

He explained Rooney was a good example to him when the Manchester United forward was Three Lions skipper, and believes it is important to be a leader off the pitch while leading by example on it.

Kane said: “It was probably the most special moment, personally. I didn’t want to lose my first game as captain, that’s for sure – especially against Scotland.

“It was a special feeling for me.

Kane led the way as England marched into Hampden Park… (Photo: PA Wire)
…and it was his late goal that denied Scotland a memorable win… (Photo: Reuters)
…and kept the Three Lions on course to qualify for next summer’s World Cup (Photo: Reuters)

“I’ve said before I would love to be England captain. A good captain leads by example. On and off the pitch. You have a responsibility off the pitch with you guys, kids coming through and being a role model.

“I’m quite a calm character. I’m not someone who gets too irate or too low. I’ve a steady mind and know my ambitions, I know what I want to do and this team has great ambition. I’m one of many who could be captain.

“You can definitely take things from other captains you’ve played with. When I first came into the England squad, Wazza [Rooney] was great with me.

“He talked to me. Even as I was doing well with my club he was giving me a little phone call or text to say, ‘Things could change for you as you play more and get bigger’. He was great with that, giving me his experiences of what he had gone through.

“I played [at Spurs] under Hugo Lloris, France’s captain — who I will see on Tuesday.

Harry Kane celebrates with Wayne Rooney after scoring the first goal for England
Wise old pro Rooney made Kane’s arrival on the international scene as smooth as possible (Photo: Reuters)

“He’s totally different – very calm, you respect him. I have had great captains in my career so far and if I can take anything from any of them I will be happy.”

England boss Gareth Southgate says he has not decided who to give the job to in the long-term, but it is clear it is Kane’s if he can prove he can handle it.

There is the age-old debate about whether it really matters who leads the team and why the English see it as so much more of an honour than other nations. But since the days of Bobby Moore and 1966 to Terry Butcher’s bloody heroics and David Beckham turning the armband into a fashion accessory, the Three Lions’ captaincy is seen as a special role.

Kane stressed how he would love to be skipper for the friendly in France on Tuesday and looks likely to be given the responsibility for next year’s World Cup, especially as his late leveller keeps England on track to qualify for Russia 2018.

Southgate may not even have a permanent skipper but if he does Kane is in pole position (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

He said of Southgate: “He sees me as one of the leaders in the team. That was it. Nothing about it being permanent.

“I’m sure he will make that decision when he is ready to make that. I was delighted to lead that team out and get a point.

“They got two goals out of nowhere and we managed to somehow get a point and that puts us in a great position for qualifying. Four games left and we feel we should win those games. Hopefully we can.

“I want to play in France. It has been a long season but there is one more to go before we get a little break. It’s a good test against one of the best in the world.”

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