‘It’s a big problem’ – Keane questions Kane’s leadership


Roy Keane has claimed that his only issue with England captain Harry Kane is that he is not a good leader for his country.

Kane has been capped 54 times by England and in that time, he has scored 34 goals. He was made captain of The Three Lions ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

The forward scored six goals to win the tournament’s Golden Boot award as England reached the semi-finals.


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The Tottenham star is set to captain England at his second major tournament this summer. He will be relied upon to be their talisman at Euro 2020. 

In the lead up to the competition, there has been a lot of talk about Kane’s future. He has told Spurs that he wants to leave so he has a better chance of winning team trophies.

Man City and Man United are among the teams interested in him. 

The United legend is currently appearing in Sky Bet’s Micah Richards & Roy Keane’s Road to Wembley video series. During the latest episode, Keane suggested that Kane’s lack of leadership is his only “negative” as a player:

“The only thing I’d hold against Kane – there’s a big negative I have towards Kane.

“I think Kane is an amazing player. I think every club should be trying to sign him. Man United have got to sign him, I don’t care if it’s £120 million – sign him.

“But I don’t think he’s a good leader. I never see him digging anyone out when he was at Spurs. I know people might go, ‘Well that’s not in his personality’, or ‘He might do it in the dressing room’. I don’t think he does, and that’s a big problem.

“OK, you can lead with your brilliant play, but sometimes I think I want to see another side to Kane.

“I’d love to see him get hold of somebody, and I’m on about Spurs – some players have been really poor or downing tools for certain managers. I never saw Kane digging them out.

‘So that’s my only hang-up with Kane as a leader and a captain.”

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