'Harry Kane is England's superstar' - Spurs forward obvious skipper choice, says Lampard

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The former Three Lions midfielder believes the Tottenham striker is the obvious candidate to lead Gareth Southgate's side in Russia this summer

Harry Kane is “the superstar” in England's squad, says Frank Lampard, and must captain the side at World Cup 2018.

The Tottenham striker has taken the armband at times under Gareth Southgate, with the position of skipper still up for grabs following Wayne Rooney’s international retirement.

An appointment is expected to be made ahead of the global showpiece in Russia, with Kane considered to be a leading contender alongside Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Former Three Lions star Lampard believes there is an obvious choice to be made, with England needing to put their faith in a man who will lead by example on and off the field.

A man with 106 caps to his name told BBC Sport: “I think Harry Kane will be captain.

“He and Jordan Henderson both have good cases for it but Harry Kane is the superstar.

“Everyone around the world will know what he has been doing the last two years.

“And because of that status, what it will mean to him, the way he carries himself… you know that he won’t on the front pages next week.”

Harry Kane England superstar Frank Lampard

Calling on Kane is a given for Southgate, as the standout striker in English football, but he does face selection issues elsewhere.

In midfield, Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey is among those challenging for one of 23 seats on the plane, but Lampard doubts the 26-year-old will be given the nod in the Three Lions’ engine room.

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He added: “I don’t think Shelvey will be in there.

“He hasn’t been in Gareth’s thoughts recently and when you look at all parts of his game,

“I think Gareth will ask whether he can get the intensity and consistency out of him at a tournament and I’m not sure you can.”

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