Sam Allardyce is hopeful of steering Sunderland to safety
Sam Allardyce, one of the favourites for the Everton job

By Russell Edge

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has said that Tottenham striker should be England captain due to the leadership qualities he possesses.

The captain’s armband for the Three Lions is up for grabs following Wayne Rooney’s retirement from international football.

Gareth Southgate is yet to name his permanent successor, having handed the responsibility around during recent international fixtures.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Spurs’ Kane have all seen themselves lead their side out under Southgate but it is the striker who Allardyce thinks should take the role full time.

He credits the 24-year-old’s leadership qualities as the reason he is the prime candidate ahead of his rivals.

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“As a person, in my experience, he is capable of taking the pressure of the armband, both on and off the field,” Allardyce told Jim White (03/10, 10:00) on talkSPORT.

“Harry Kane leads by example. He leads the team.

“Everybody is looking to him now not to only produce the goals but also keep the flow of the forward play going for England and he is capable of doing that.

“There can be nothing better than the captain standing up sometimes and saying, ‘come on lads, pull your finger out’, rather than using the manager or the coach. I think he has got that in him.”

Kane took on the captain’s armband twice for matches against Scotland and France, and it appeared to give him a boost, netting three times over the two fixtures.

Regardless of who takes the captain’s armband over this international break the Three Lions will be hoping Kane can carry his club form onto the international stage, having netted 11 times in nine appearances for Spurs across all competitions this season.

Since making his debut back in 2015 he has scored 10 goals in 21 appearances for England, although five of those goals came in his last four outings.

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