Sky Sports pundit picks Tottenham star as captain in fantasy XI
By Dominic Toner
Jeff Stelling has selected Tottenham attacker Harry Kane in his Premier League Fantasy Football XI.
The Sky Sports presenter has named Kane as his captain, who score double points in the game, and he completes a three-man attack alongside Wayne Rooney and Shane Long.
The Englishman is the second most expensive striker option at £12.8million with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero the only player more costly.
Stelling explained to the Sky Sports website why he picked the Spurs forward as one of his players, despite the option to pick any striker in the league.
“He might not have had a great European Championships but the last two seasons do not lie,” Stelling said. “He’s got a great chance of being top goalscorer again so that’s why he’s getting the armband for my team.”
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Kane picked up the golden boot award last season for his 25 league goals and has has become a key player for Spurs in the last two seasons.
Kane, 23, has already made 127 appearances for Spurs in all competitions and scored 64 goals in return.
After spending his earlier years at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester on loan, Kane has earned his place as one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League.
The England star suffered a disappointing Euro 2016 as he failed to hit the back of the net in the competition, but Stelling has backed him to return to his club form this year.
Mauricio Pochettino has provided some much needed strength to his forward options this summer and Clive Allen believes that new signing Vincent Janssen will make Kane even better.
Kane has been left to spearhead the Spurs attack for the last two season but will now receive some help from Dutch forward Janssen, who scored 32 goals last season for Ajax in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar.
Spurs are expected to be hit with a busy fixture list with both domestic and european competitions, however Kane is expected to lead the line once again in the Premier League.
Stelling’s Fantasy Football XI: Fraser Forster, Ryan Shawcross, Virgil van Dijk, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley, Dimitri Payet, Gaston Ramirez, Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane (Captain), Shane Long
In other Tottenham team news, a senior man who followed Pochettino from Southampton has quit the club.