Former England manager Roy Hodgson has warned that installing Harry Kane as captain of the national team could place an unnecessary burden on the in-form Tottenham striker.
Kane, who has netted 13 goals in his last eight games for club and country, skippered England against Scotland and France during the summer in the absence of regular captain Wayne Rooney and has indicated his desire to take over on a permanent basis.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate handed the armband to Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson for last month’s internationals and is yet to reveal who will lead the team against Slovenia on Thursday.
“I’d like to see him scoring goals and doing what he does best as a centre forward. It could be that the captaincy could weigh on him and in some way impact upon that,” said Crystal Palace manager Hodgson.
“I think there are a number of potential captains in the team, but one thing is for sure that he [Kane] will play the captain’s role in his position and take responsibility.
“It’s up to Gareth to decide if Kane gets the extra responsibility because being captain of England is a large burden in terms of mass media and public relations duties.
“I don’t know what Gareth is thinking, but there’s no doubt that Kane could be a captain of England – that goes in my opinion for one or two other players as well.”
England will clinch their place at next summer's World Cup in Russia if they beat Slovenia at Wembley. Their final qualifying match is away to Lithuania on Sunday.