Harry Kane named England World Cup captain

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been announced as England's captain for this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate named the 24-year-old as his skipper for the tournament during a meeting with the squad at St George's Park on Monday night, the Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Harry has some outstanding personal qualities," Southgate said. "He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.

"He has belief and high standards and it is a great message for the team to have a captain who has shown that it is possible to be one of the best in the world over a consistent period of time and that has been his drive.

"My feeling is that over the last 18 months in the camps that he's been with us he has shown that he has got the desire to take that into a team environment and he recognises the importance of bringing others with him."

The England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young, Phil Jones (Manchester United), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham).

Standby list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana