'There's no doubt' - Roy Hodgson voices his concern over one Tottenham star

By Russell Edge

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has questioned whether handing Tottenham’s Harry Kane the England captaincy will affect his goal scoring ability.

The 24-year-old striker has scored 10 goals in 21 appearances for the Three Lions since his debut back in March 2015, and has established himself as the country’s first choice striker with starts in his last four games.

Following former England captain Wayne Rooney’s retirement from international football, the captain’s armband has been passed between layers as Gareth Southgate looks to decide on a permanent appointment.

Kane is one of those who has seen the responsibility passed to him, for games against Scotland and France, in which he netted three goals in his two appearances as captain.

However, former England manager Roy Hodgson, who handed Kane his international debut, worries that the weight of captaincy will result in his goal scoring efforts being reduced.

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He told Sky Sports: “There’s no doubt that Kane could be a captain of England, that goes in my opinion for one or two other players as well.

“It’s up to Gareth (Southgate) to decide if Kane gets the extra responsibility because being captain of England is a large burden.

“It could be that the captaincy could weigh on him and in some way impact upon that.

“I’d like to see him scoring goals and doing what he does best as a centre forward.”

Southgate and his England squad will be hoping that Kane can carry on his impressive goal scoring form for Tottenham, with seven goals in his last three matches, including a hat trick against Apoel Nicosia.

One win from their final two qualifying matches will secure the Three Lions a place at the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

In other Tottenham news, the club are lining up a move for Barcelona’s £20million-rated star.

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