Eric Dier says he is very happy for his Tottenham teammate Harry Kane after the striker was handed the England captaincy for the World Cup.
Kane will wear the armband during the World Cup finals in Russia this summer having been picked to lead the team out by manager Gareth Southgate.
The 24-year-old has captained his country before, and he has been selected as Spurs captain by Mauricio Pochettino in Hugo Lloris’ absence.
Dier has also skippered his country in recent months, as has Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson.
But Kane, who scored 41 goals across all competitions in 2017/18, has been given the honour, something Dier thinks his teammate deserves.
“I’m very happy for Harry to be given the opportunity. I think it’s fully deserved,” said Dier, according to Ham&High.
“And one of the things Gareth said when he spoke to us was that he wants things to continue in the same way, where he has leaders all over the pitch, and hopefully I can continue to do that as well.
“I think it’s important that the whole team, everyone has to share the responsibility between everyone.
“It would be unfair on Harry or anyone else or the manager himself that they should have to take all the responsibility. Everyone has to take ownership.”
Kane reached 30 Premier League goals for the first time by scoring twice against Leicester City on the final day of the season.
He has scored 12 goals in 23 appearances for his country, many of which helped England to qualify for the World Cup.
If he returns to full fitness in time, there is a good chance Kane will enjoy a memorable tournament in Russia.