As Gareth Southgate names Harry Kane as England captain for their match against Slovenia on Thursday, the England manager talked of why the striker is “absolutely the kind of role model you want.”
“Harry is the kind of role model I want.
“You’re talking about a player trying to maximise his ability and finding every edge. Marginal gains make a difference at this level.
“You want a mindset in a player who wants to become one of the best in the world. For me, that’s a mindset that inspires others.
“The more people I have in my squad like that, it becomes a self- fulfilling prophecy with everyone striving for more.
“Then everybody is hungry. They know where they want to be.”
Southgate has yet to name a permanent skipper since taking over from Sam Allardyce last year and has so far elected to name his captain on a game-by-game basis.
Kane previously took charge of the national side in games against France and Scotland, but it will be the first time the in-form striker has worn the armband for England at Wembley, when he takes charge in this World Cup qualifier.
The 24-year-old has won the Golden Boot as the Premier League’s top scorer in each of the past two seasons and since the start of the new season has netted 11 goals in all competitions for Tottenham.
Through a friend’s recommendation, Kane has employed a personal chef who is an expert in sports nutrition to ensure he is in the shape of his life and the form of his life, which he says that is why he is quicker, stronger and leaner than ever now.
If England avoid defeat against Slovenia at Wembley, they can secure their place in Russia. Southgate’s squad then travel to face Lithuania in their final match of qualifying on October 8.