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Southgate sees Kane as leader of England revolution due to ‘excellent’ mentality

Date Posted,June 8, 2017

He would not say it, claimed he was in no rush to make the final decision but Harry Kane is surely the man Gareth Southgate sees as the leader of his revolution.

Southgate WILL name a permanent England skipper at some stage but claimed he has not thought beyond the game against Scotland in terms of the captaincy.

It is clear, though, that Kane is a character Southgate believes can inspire and become a figurehead of his squad.

As the England manager confirmed he was giving Kane the armband at the earliest opportunity – this will be the Tottenham striker’s first appearance for Southgate at senior level – he waxed lyrical about his mindset.

Southgate said: “Harry’s mentality is excellent. He has a very good view of the game. He’s keen to lead.

“We have different types of leaders in this group. I’ve worked with Harry at the under 21s and I know his mentality. He wants to be one of the best in the world.”

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Kane, 23, said earlier in the week that he did not consider himself to be too young to be captain and insisted this squad had leaders all over the pitch.

Southgate agreed, saying: “What makes a good captain is the ability to bring the group together.

“You have to have the respect of the group, certain personal qualities where you are prepared to stand up and take responsibility at certain moments, set examples on the training pitch with the way you look after yourself.

“We have a lot of those players.”

Kane during training (Photo: The FA via Getty)

Kane’s positive approach clearly strikes a chord with Southgate. The Premier League’s golden boot winner has insisted he wants to be competing for the Ballon D’Or, wants to be ranked alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Southgate said: “He’s always had the focus about being the best possible player.

“They’re the attributes you see when you look at the top players.

“Harry’s goals record over the last three seasons speaks for itself. When we worked at the under-21s, his finishing was clear.

“You saw that level of finishing in the likes of Fowler, Scholes, Shearer.

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“Then it was about transferring that into matches because he wasn’t playing for Spurs at the time, but he’s done that.”

England are hot favourites to win at Hamden Park and take another giant step towards Russia 2018.

And Southgate is clearly thrilled with the direction his squad is taking, explaining: “What I do feel is we’re culturally shifting to where we’d like to be, in terms of the way we work, the way we carry ourselves.

“We want to get the public proud of the team, but also in the way we play, we want to excite the public.

“The players want to play that way, be on the front foot. They have tremendous belief in themselves.

“They’re hungry and excite me.”

Clearly, no-one is hungrier or excites Southgate more than Kane.

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