Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane should succeed Wayne Rooney and be named permanent Three Lions skipper, according international team-mate Ryan Bertrand.
Kane was handed the armband for England’s games against Scotland and France in June, although captaincy duties switched to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson for the more recent World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
England boss Gareth Southgate is yet to confirm who will skipper his side on Thursday in their tussle with Slovenia or take over from Rooney on a full-time basis, although Bertrand is backing prolific marksman Kane.
“The captaincy is completely down to the manager. ‘H’ gets my vote,” said Bertrand of Kane, who scored 13 goals in eight matches for club and country in September. “He’s in great form. Him coming to the England camp in such fine form is a massive boost for the whole squad.
“What we are blessed with is we have a lot of leaders in the camp now and whoever is tasked with that duty on the night is deserving of that.”
On naming his 26-man squad for the two World Cup qualifiers, Southgate claimed that some players were there through necessity given the unavailability of others rather than on merit. Bertrand believes such comments will only act as motivation.
“I have seen no real reaction,” added Bertrand. “I am not sure what sense it was meant. I’m sure it wasn’t meant in a bad sense.
“It will definitely motivate the players. I think here we have a fantastic competition for places and it can only mean good for the squad.”
Uncapped midfielder Harry Winks was last night called into the squad following injuries to centre-half Phil Jones and Fabian Delph.