Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Captaincy Tripp Just So Right for England's Kane; Kieran Fulsome in His Praise of Squad's Lead Man

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Captaincy Tripp Just So Right for England's Kane; Kieran Fulsome in His Praise of Squad's Lead Man

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HARRY Kane is leading the way on and off the field as England's World Cup figurehead, according to team-mate Kieran Tripper.

Manager Gareth Southgate rotated the captaincy throughout the qualifying campaign but named the Tottenham striker as his tournament skipper last month - citing his leadership qualities and hunger for success.

Kane, either by accident or design, was the first man on to the training pitch at Spartak Zelenogorsk for yesterday's session - a symbolic gesture, perhaps, but one which reflects how he has taken to the task.

"There's no better person to lead us at the World Cup," said Trippier, who plays with Kane for club and country.

"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, though, was eager to stress Kane's burden did not extend to carrying the rest of the side in Russia. He has been singled out by some pundits, including predecessor Teddy Sheringham, as England's only world-class player - but Trippier gave the suggestion short shrift.

He added: "Everyone knows what Harry Kane is all about.

"He's a great goalscorer and a great professional, but if you ook all round this team we have winners.

"We have goals all around the pitch and not just Harry. We have a strong forward line - pace, youth - and all the boys are looking forward to getting out there."

Trippier looks set to start at right wing-back in England's opening fixture against Tunisia on Monday - with Kyle Walker inked into a central three and Trent Alexander-Arnold having made just one appearance.

As well as providing ammunition from the flank and the corner flag, he has also emerged as a potential freekick taker during the tournament. …

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