Harry Kane named England captain

Harry Kane named England captain

Harry Kane named England captain for World Cup 2018.

Kane, who has scored 12 goals in 23 appearances for his country, was described as a “meticulous professional” by Gareth Southgate.

He is an undisputed first-choice, will literally lead from the front and has the calm, measured personality on and off the pitch to deal with the unique demands of leading England at a major tournament.

England call-ups

England call-ups for uncapped quartet

England call-ups for uncapped quartet. England manager Gareth Southgate has named four uncapped players in his 27-man squad to face the Netherlands on 23rd March and Italy and 27th March.

Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Nick Pope, Swansea defender Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook have all been included in the squad.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck have also been named in the squad.

Injured Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill are among those who will miss out.

Burnley’s Nick Pope is one of four goalkeepers named in the squad, along with Joe Hart (West Ham), Jack Butland (Stoke) and Jordan Pickford (Everton).

Kane’s omission through injury, with the Spurs striker expected to return in April, has left a big hole in England’s attack.

But the England manager says his team are equipped to cope.

Harry Kane injury concern for England

Harry Kane injury concern for England

England striker Harry Kane will have a scan on the ankle injury he suffered in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth. He was substituted 30 minutes into Sunday’s game.

England travel to the Netherlands on Friday 23rd March before hosting Italy on 27th March, with the squad being named on Thursday.

Kane missed two of England’s World Cup qualifiers – a 2-0 win over against Malta and a goalless draw against Slovenia.


VAR to be used at World Cup

VAR: Video assistant referees to be used at 2018 World Cup in Russia

The World Cup is set to use video replays this summer, with FIFA confirming a sponsor is being sought for the technology.

VAR has been trialled in some domestic English cup games this season, and has been used in Germany and Italy.

The system was used for the first time at the 2014 World Cup when goal-line technology was deployed.

But now replays can be used when there is a “clear and obvious error” involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) “unanimously approved” its introduction on a permanent basis after a meeting in Zurich on Saturday.

Leagues and competitions must now apply to Ifab to implement the technology.