16th Nov 2017 | International
England World Cup Captain Tip
The selection of a permanent England captain will be high on Southgate's to-do list now that we enter the international winter break.
The presumption in some sections of the press is that Harry Kane will be England skipper next summer. But Gareth Southgate has delayed making that decision and he may have just unearthed his best candidate in the most recent friendlies.
Eric Dier is still an 8/1 shot with BetVictor to lead the Three Lions out for their first game in Russia and we should snap that up after he handled the role like a natural in the draws with Germany and Brazil.
The 23-year-old looks a better fit in terms of personality and position than his illustrious Tottenham teammate Kane, who has enough responsibility on his shoulders being the star man and principal goal-getter.
Southgate is reading up on what makes a great captain and the author of ‘The Captain Class’ which he has studied, believes Dier is the perfect fit for the role.
The defensive midfielder has now played 21 times for his country since the beginning of 2016 and must be considered a guaranteed starter. He might even slot in as part of a back three. That removes the final issue which could hypothetically stand in his way.
Kane was never a permanent selection so there’s no reason to think picking Dier would create disharmony in the ranks. Don’t be surprised if you see this announced early next year.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 07:44 16th Nov, 2017 but subject to change