Kieran Trippier says Harry Kane is the ideal captain for England, but insists the Three Lions aren’t reliant on the Tottenham striker for goals.
Kane scored 41 goals in 48 appearances for Spurs across all competitions in the Premier League, including 30 in the Premier League.
Having full recovered from the ankle injury he suffered back in March, Kane looks set to play a starring role for England at the World Cup.
Trippier will also arguably play an important part in any success the Three Lions enjoy in Russia.
The 27-year-old has been playing as a right wing-back under Gareth Southgate, with his former Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker adopting a central role to make room for both players.
And Trippier believes Kane is the right skipper for England at the tournament.
“There’s no better person to lead us at the World Cup,” said the former Burnley defender, according to BT Sport.
“He’s a great leader, on and off the field, a top professional. Even off the field just speaking to him one to one.
“He’s a great person – if you ever need help he’s there for you as an individual or a group.”
Trippier was also asked if the team relies too heavily on Kane for goals.
“Everyone knows what Harry Kane is all about, he’s a great goal scorer and a great professional, but if look all round this team we’ve got winners,” he said.
“We’ve got goals all around the pitch and not just Harry. We have a strong forward line – pace, youth – and all the the boys are looking forward to getting out there.”
Kane and Trippier will be up against Spurs trio Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele in England’s final group game against Belgium.
It will be interesting to see how both nations and their respective respective Tottenham contingents get on.