Harry Kane showed exactly why Gareth Southgate gave him the captain’s armband for this World Cup.
Kane beat Jordan Henderson to the England captaincy with the Spurs striker leading by example in their opening game.
Kane scored twice as the Three Lions scraped past Tunisia 2-1 to get off to a winning start.
That’s what a great captain does - drags his side through a match by producing match-winning moments.
But there’s more to captaining a side than just scoring goals. Otherwise, all the top goalscorers would just be given the armband.
You need to be a leader both on and off the pitch. You need to be loud throughout the match. Encourage your teammates.
Kane isn’t really that sort of captain.
But Henderson is and he was performing those sort of duties on the pitch against Tunisia.
That isn’t always conveyed on our television screens but several journalists made sure they pointed out the role Henderson played in England’s late win.
Sunday Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft tweeted: “TV only gives you half the picture...up close at Volgograd Arena JH's influence, vocal leadership, way he held others together during England's wobble, was striking.
“Onfield Kane is quieter and single minded. He leads through action but not the other stuff. Team needs them both.”
Northcroft’s tweet was backed up by Guy Mowbray, who said: “This is absolutely spot on. I think he’s done the same for Liverpool last season too - out of Gerrard’s shadow. In the 5-2 win v Roma it was they who were on top until JH got his teammates going.”
While Matt Read agreed and wrote: “100 per cent, Jonathan. Not a fashionable player - pace, voice, style, accent (I'm afraid), but people are finally waking up to his quality... and there is plenty of it.”
Just because Kane has the armband, it doesn’t mean he is the only England captain on the pitch.
While the striker leads by example with his goals, Henderson is backing him up with his leadership in midfield…
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