Thursday, October 6, 2022

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane Is Not Ready To Lead This England Team (For Now)!

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

Harry Kane, the wonderkid from Tottenham Hotspur has now become a goal-scoring machine in Europe. The England international has already won two consecutive Golden Boots at the age of 24. Since returning from Leicester City, where he was on loan, at the end of 2013-14 season, Kane has gone on to score 105 goals in 148 appearances for club and country, winning several individual accolades in the process. The Tottenham man is in dazzling form after scoring 11 goals in 6 matches in the month of September.

The English striker has been praised by pundits and managers alike with Conte hailing him as the ‘complete striker’, days after Chelsea bought Morata. Another example of his brilliance would be Pep-Guardiola referring to Tottenham Hotspur as ‘that Harry Kane team’.

Kane’s overall game allows him to contribute much more than just goals. His strength in the air, off the ball movement, physicality, and the ability to shoot with either foot makes him a daunting prospect. Besides such great physical aspects, Kane is seen as one of the leaders of the young Tottenham Hotspur team and is tipped to take over the armband once Lloris retires.

His ability to express himself and lead by example sets him apart from most other 24-year olds in the game. Kane’s never-say-die attitude reflects well in the Spurs dressing room and his style of play allows Tottenham Hotspur to pursue their high-pressing game making it look like the entire team gets behind the big, burly fellow to chase down every single ball from the opposition.

While there has been talk of Kane landing up with the Three Lions armband and taking over from Cahill, England manager Gareth Southgate has not confirmed any news yet. Kane did, however, lead England against Scotland and France this year and the 24-year old feels he is ready to lead his country. He went on to say that he feels like one of the leaders in the national camp but irrespective of who he is elected captain, the entire team would function as one unit and give it their all for the upcoming challenges.

Roy Hodgson, a big fan of the Spurs striker, however, feels that the armband might add unnecessary pressure to the forward’s game and Kane should be left free and allowed to do what he does best, score as many goals as he can.

While the prospect of a Harry Kane led team would be exciting to watch because of the forward’s charismatic gameplay and infectious attitude on the pitch, the armband comes with a lot more responsibility than just leading the team on the pitch. The role of captaincy would involve Kane in a lot of other responsibilities like media management and public relation duties that could hamper the young man’s game. As a football fan, for now, we would be happy just watching Kane score outrageous goals and maybe one day in the future taking over the armband and leading England to a World Cup.

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