Harry Kane is ready to justify Gareth Southgate’s confidence and lead England

England were lacking players to lead from the front 12 months ago but the Tottenham striker is a man who can inspire others by his own determination

For Gareth Southgate there was progress of sorts. It has taken some time to reach this stage but finally England have got to the point where the manager of the national team can go through an entire press conference without a single question about Wayne Rooney, former captain.

Seven months into the Southgate era a new team is taking shape minus the chap who has 119 caps and 53 goals for his country. England, as Southgate said, need different leaders now, even if he is still going to great efforts not to alienate Rooney completely by naming a permanent captain. Not yet, anyway.

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