'This is our man' - Danny Murphy blasts doubts over Tottenham star's ability
By Russell Edge
Former Fulham star Danny Murphy has said that Tottenham striker Harry Kane has all the qualities needed to be England captain.
The 24-year-old was handed the armband on Thursday evening as he netted a late winner to secure victory in the Three Lions’ 1-0 win over Slovenia.
The England captaincy has been in limbo since former captain Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football, with Gareth Southgate yet to name his successor.
The role has been passed between a selection of players, including Kane, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
However Murphy, who made 23 appearances for Tottenham during his career, believes that there is no doubt that the Spurs star has the ability and says he should be handed the responsibility on a full time basis.
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Writing for the London Evening Standard, he said: “Kane won’t struggle with wearing the armband. Gareth will know that he will continue to work just as hard and play as well.
“This is putting Kane on a pedestal and saying this is our man.
“The way he conducts himself, the way he plays his football, his attitude and dedication, his humbleness and ruthlessness, are all qualities that everybody aspires to.
“If you have someone as special as Kane and you know he is going to play, then who better?”
Kane has been in exceptional form for England in their recent matches, scoring six goals in his last five international appearances.
It mirrors the impressive form he has shown on the domestic stage this season, having netted 11 times in just nine appearances across all competitions for Tottenham.
He has proven himself as England’s first choice striker thanks to his displays for Spurs, with over 20 goals in each of the last three seasons, as well as picking up two successive Premier League golden boot awards.
In other Tottenham news, the club are set to go head-to-head with Liverpool for an international enforcer.