Like so many figures in football, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has been discussing Harry Kane’s recent appointment as England captain for this evening’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker has not been handed the armband on a permanent basis, but has been selected by manager Gareth Southgate to lead the team on this occasion.
The 24-year-old has donned the skipper’s armband on two previous outings for his country, recently sharing it with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson.
Southgate has publicly stated that he is unsure whether he will appoint a full-time captain following the international retirement of Wayne Rooney.
Nicholas, though, believes that giving Kane the responsibility could spell trouble for the Spurs hitman.
At the moment, the striker is in fine form, scoring 11 goals in all competitions for the North London outfit so far this season, and he netted his sixth hat-trick of 2017 in last week’s victory over APOEL in the Champions League.
Nicholas, who played for Tottenham’s arch rivals Arsenal between 1983 and 1988, is worried that if the result tonight does not go England’s way, fingers will be pointed at the captain.
The Scotsman told Sky Sports:
“Quite rightly everybody is talking about Harry Kane – he’s been explosive – but I just don’t see the benefits of adding the additional burden of captaincy. If England don’t get a result then suddenly people are looking at him in a different light.”
England need two points from qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania to cement a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.