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Tony Adams Wants Harry Kane Stripped Of England Captaincy For A Strange Reason

Tony Adams Wants Harry Kane Stripped Of England Captaincy For A Strange Reason
Nathan Molloy
By Nathan Molloy
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Arsenal legend Tony Adams thinks that Harry Kane should no longer be England's captain.

His comments come after England lost to France in the World Cup Quarter final on Saturday, losing 2-1. Of course, the striker had a golden opportunity to level the scores late on only for his penalty to be blasted over the bar.

Writing in a column for The Sun, believes that his country also need another voice in the coaching staff to help out 'good loser' Gareth Southgate.

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They need another an experienced, serial winner around the place. Gareth doesn't lack courage, he has tremendous courage. But he's a good loser. It's hard to say that but it's the truth.

They need another voice, an experienced head who's won stuff at the highest level for their clubs who can have a word in some ears about what you need to do to get over that line which we don't seem able to cross.

He would go on to suggest Sol Campbell for this role.

Tony Adams calls for Harry Kane captain replacement

The former Arsenal defender already has a replacement in mind for Kane. Adams believes that Declan Rice has the qualities to become England's next captain.


He also thinks that Tottenham's striker no longer having the armband will make it easier for Southgate to substitute him in upcoming tournaments such as Euro 2024 and the 2026 World Cup.

We’ve got good players but I stand by changing the captain. Harry Kane is the No 9 and did not shirk responsibility for missing that penalty.

But we’ve got to think about what we do now with the captaincy.

That’s more of an issue than the coach and, as I said before, I believe Declan Rice should have the job.

Is Kane going to be the shining star at the next two tournaments? When are we going to get to the point where we take him off and change it?

It’s hard to do when he’s captain.

Southgate and Kane come as a pair, though, and there’s such a strong bond there.


The substitution argument is a bizarre one. Being captain does not make a player ineligible to be substituted, especially during the latter stages of their career.

There have been countless examples of players who possess the armband not even necessarily being first choice, never mind playing every minute of each game.


It is possible that Adams may be letting his club bias affect his opinion of Harry Kane being England captain. Kane of course, plays for Adams's former club Arsenal's rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite coming up short at the World Cup and last year's Euros, the striker has shown he is able to lead the nation in big games. He is currently tied with Wayne Rooney for the most goals scored in an England shirt, with 53.

The fact that he may not be playing 90 minutes in every game for years from now is hardly a reason to strip him on the armband.


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