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Who should be England’s World Cup Captain?

England’s star man Harry Kane has worn the armband for this international break and has done a good job, scoring both goals in the Three Lions’ two 1-0 wins. However, should the Tottenham frontman be captaining his country for the 2018 World Cup?

England have notably a very young squad with talents such as Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling. Looking at the past few England captains, they have all had experience: Rooney, Gerrard, Terry, Ferdinand, etc. However, England have also notably not done very well at tournaments, so is it always right for the captain to be the traditional leader, hard as nails, shouting player? Maybe not. Perhaps it is time to give somebody young the armband. Somebody who is actually putting in good performances for their country as well as their club, like Harry Kane or even Rashford, who recently for England and Manchester United has been unstoppable, albeit against teams who may not be qualifying for the World Cup.

Kane has captained England three times, these two recent matches and against Scotland in June. In all of those three matches, the Spurs striker has scored and England are undefeated. He is also putting in performances for the Three Lions and showing the passion and dedication required of an England captain, so why shouldn’t it be Kane?

Maybe this is the tournament where England move away from the traditional captain figure, such as Terry or Ferdinand and look up top, and who knows, maybe this tournament could be different for England over this decision.

The best striker in the Premier League

This is arguably one of the hardest questions in football. Strikers are the players who get the most attention, which hots up this debate. How do you judge strikers? Goals, types of goals, their play on or off the ball? Due to the greatness of this debate, there is no definitive answer. However, we can see who is right up there.

3. Sergio Aguero

The Argentinian forward has already put his name into Manchester City’s and the Premier League’s history. He did in his first season with the infamous goal against QPR. In all of his seasons in England bar one, he has scored approximately 30 goals per campaign. He is also one goal away currently from Eric Brook’s Manchester City all-time scorers record. Aguero is capable of carving open the best defences and striking past the best goalkeepers in the world. He has found magnificent partnerships with David Silva, Edin Dzeko and now Gabriel Jesus. Now approaching 30, it is clear to see that the longevity of Aguero and how consistent he is at scoring goals on a regular basis, as well as being part of a magnificent team, is the reason he has to be up there. Not just best strikers in the league right now, but ever, next to Shearer and Zola.

2. Harry Kane

Harry Kane is arguably the best English out and out striker the Premier League has had since Shearer. Kane burst onto the scene in 2013/14 as a young Spurs prospect and just hasn’t stopped scoring. Playing for the club he supported as a young boy, he has proven himself to be Spurs’ most vital player, making the number 10 shirt his own, as well as the England number nine shirt. Like Aguero, he has formed magnificent partnerships with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. He has consecutively won the previous two golden boots. Although he is yet to show the world what he can do on an international level at a major tournament, his fans in England certainly are aware, as do those who are seeing him in European competitions. . There are no games now where he is not expected to score, or assist, as he is an excellent team player, working so hard even getting down the flanks crossing it for teammates, as well as being there in the middle. In his relatively short time he has shown he is worthy of being called “world class” and nobody can argue with that.

  1. Romelu Lukaku

This Belgian man has it all. He has pace, he has vision and can squeeze into the tiniest gaps in defences, he has shot power, strength, everything. Although a “flop” at Chelsea, he has shown himself worthy for West Brom, Everton and now Manchester United, unlike the other two strikers who have only played for one club. Wherever Lukaku has gone, he’s succeeded and after putting himself into Everton folklore, he looks to have found his place at Old Trafford, scoring 15 in 12 so far this season in all competitions. He went to United to win trophies. Will he? How long will his scoring streak last? Also, the world is yet to see him partner up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Have we left anyone out? Who do you think should be up on the list. Costa while he’s still here? Morata? Lacazette? Let us know in the comments section

Is Harry Kane World Class?

The term world class in recent times has been thrown around in the footballing world far too easily, with a player having ten good matches and suddenly is being hailed as one of the all-time greats! But with Tottenham Hotspur’s main man Harry Kane, ‘world class’ can begin to be considered.

The Englishman established himself into the first team at Spurs in 2014/15, racking up an impressive 21 goals in 34 appearances. The Chingford raised 24-year-old went from strength to strength by scoring a total of 54 goals in the following two seasons in the Premier League alone. The man is destined for greatness and considering his modest age, the sky is truly the limit for Mr Kane.

However, to give someone that so-called ‘world class’ status, for me, is something that should not be handed out lightly. Although I have no doubt Kane will get there I don’t believe he has done enough from a silverware point of view to be bunched with the elite forwards such as Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski and Sergio Aguero. People may believe Kane has surpassed some of these high-calibre names, but the thing that sets them above him is they can all look back at their careers’ so far and have trophies and winner’s medals to show for it, and this reason alone gives you a strong insight into the assessment of Harry Kane’s pursuit of a world-class status.  

Once Kane begins to win trophies nobody can deny him the right to belong in that top bracket as his footballing ability on and off the ball is second to none. But top players win top competitions, and Harry Kane is yet to win a single bit of silverware which is the only bit of the jigsaw he needs to tick every box regarding that ‘world-class’ status.