Hurst backs 'fantastic' Kane to lead by example for England

12th Jun 2018

Sir Geoff Hurst has backed Harry Kane's leadership skills to help unite the England squad during the 2018 World Cup.

Manager Gareth Southgate named Kane as his skipper ahead of the tournament as the Spurs striker saw off competition from more senior players to secure the armband.

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The 24-year-old is set to lead the Three Lions' line in Russia, having established himself as one of the best forwards in world football in recent years.

Kane's record cannot be questioned but Hurst is adamant that it is not just the striker's footballing ability that will help England's young side thrive against the likes of Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

"Harry Kane’s fantastic - he’s proved it year in, year out with the goals he’s scored not only for Spurs but for the national team," Hurst said.

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"I’ve bumped into him a couple of times in the last few months, and he comes across not only what you see on TV but personally as a very, very good and strong character. I think his leadership will help bond the team together.

"One of the most important aspects of winning a World Cup is not just the quality of players but the team spirit and the togetherness that you achieve over that month of the World Cup itself.

"So they’re very key ingredients and selecting him as a captain is a very, very good choice.

"[It's] very important the kind of character he is, and I think he’ll be a good leader and certainly it's good time for the squad," Hurst added.

Kane has never played at a World Cup but appears to be primed to make an impact this summer, having fully recovered from a recent ankle injury.

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Hurst, who famously helped England win the World Cup in 1966, was speaking ahead of Prostate Cancer UK’s Football March for Men.

The route will incorporate visits to Crystal Palace, Fulham, Chelsea, AFC Wimbledon, Brentford and QPR before finishing at Wembley, where Hurst will hand out medals.

For more information about the event, which will take place on July 22, go to: www.prostatecanceruk.org/footballmarch

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