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Kane able to inspire England as skipper, says Tottenham boss Pochettino

By Staff Reporter

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to become England's full-time skipper. The 24-year-old has previously worn the armband for the Three Lions as manager Gareth Southgate has rotated his captain since Wayne Rooney was left out of the squad.

The Everton forward has now retired from international football, leaving a void of experience.

It remains to be seen if Southgate will install a permanent captain, having utilised Kane, Joe Hart and Jordan Henderson in the role in recent games.

Kane has led out England in their last two matches, scoring three goals, and his boss at Spurs reckons he can be relied on to take the role again.

Asked if Kane was ready to be captain, Pochettino, whose side host Burnley tomorrow, replied: "Yes, but that is Gareth Southgate's decision. But I think Harry Kane is ready and his character is fantastic to be a captain.

"If that happened, I would be very happy if Gareth Southgate gave the armband to Harry."

Pochettino hopes to have new club-record signing Davinson Sanchez involved, but it depends on how quickly a work permit can be issued for the Colombian.

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