Lloris: Kane the right man to lead England

Hugo Lloris is confident that new England captain Harry Kane will reproduce his Premier League form on the international stage, saying that the striker is destined for success.

The France and Spurs captain spoke with reporters after his country’s shock loss to Sweden on Friday, and heaped praise on his White Hart Lane teammate when asked his opinion on the 23-year old being named captain by Gareth Southgate.

“I can only talk positively about Harry,” Lloris said. “He’s a great leader with Tottenham, he’s a great man and he’s a great player.

“Obviously his destiny is to be one of the best strikers for England and hopefully he will get success with the armband.

“When he’s on the pitch, he’s always positive, he is working hard for the team,” the 30-year old, now a veteran of five seasons with the North London club, continued. 

“He is very involved in the squad and I’m sure he will do it in the same way with England national team.

“I think the responsibility is not only on his shoulders. It’s about leaders.

“They have a lot of young players but with the capacity to be leaders and hopefully they will get success under Harry.”

Lloris came in for severe criticism from all but France coach Didier Deschamps following his error that cost his side a draw in the away-fixture of their World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

In the final seconds of the match, the France captain scuffed a clearance straight at Ola Toivonen, who made no mistake in scoring the crucial winner.

“I am not going to condemn Hugo,” Deschamps told TF1. “He has often been decisive with us.

“He preferred to control the ball. If he clears the ball far and away, there is no way it comes back. But he knows that. He knows it is his fault and it cost us.”