Alan Shearer reveals who he thinks should be the next England captain

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After Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football, Gareth Southgate has a very important decision to make. Who will be the next permanent England captain?

There are a handful of candidates including Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill and the experienced Joe Hart.

However, Southgate will give Harry Kane the armband for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the in-form Spurs striker will permanently lead out the Three Lions in the future.

"I haven't decided yet,” when Southgate was if Kane would be England’s next captain.

"The important thing for me was when we looked at the group of players at the start, we saw potential leaders but lads who hadn't had experience of leading and how do we allow for that to happen, and how do we give them a feel of it, and I think that's worked well over the last few months.

"All of those experiences will stand them in good stead. Different situations, different opportunities to be in front of people, sharing a responsibility of team. I think that's key."


As there is no real obvious choice, many England fans will disagree on who should become the next captain.

But one former national team skipper is in no doubt.

Alan Shearer's tweet

Alan Shearer captained England 34 times and responded when Coral bookmakers tweeted: “Comment with who you think should wear the captain's armband for England at the World Cup next summer…”

And Shearer replied: “Give it to @HKane permanently. #footballfriends #hescatchingme.”

In his tweet, Shearer gave a little nod to Kane chasing his all-time Premier League goal tally.

Shearer notched 260 during his playing career but Harry Kane has already got 84 at the age of 24.

Kane still needs another 176 to catch Shearer but the Newcastle legend is clearly starting to get a little bit worried.

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Kane on becoming captain

Back to the captaincy and, although he will be privileged to lead his side out at Wembley, Kane doesn't think it will affect his game.

"Having an armband on your arm doesn't make any difference to how you play and if you score goals or not," he said.

"It makes me very proud. Growing up as a kid you dream about playing for your country and being captain as well. Walking out at Wembley will be an amazing thing for me, personally.


"I'll just go out there and do my best for the team, try and score goals and win the match.

"We have plenty of leaders in the team. Plenty of us will speak up and try to help each other on the pitch, be there for each other when things are tough."

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