Euro 2020: Roy Keane says Harry Kane ISN’T a good captain for England


‘He’s not a good leader, he doesn’t dig anyone out… it’s a big issue as a captain’: Roy Keane says Harry Kane ISN’T a good skipper for England… even though he wants Manchester United to splash £120m on him!

Roy Keane has taken aim at Harry Kane’s leadership qualities, saying the England captain doesn’t demand enough of his team-mates – but he still wants Manchester United to buy the ‘amazing’ striker.

Keane has been continuing his Road to Wembley series with fellow pundit Micah Richards for SkyBet, giving their take on the biggest issues ahead of Euro 2020, and the Irishman had some strong views on Kane, who will be one of England’s key hopes of taking home the trophy. 

Kane will go into the tournament as Gareth Southgate’s skipper as he bids to lead the Three Lions to glory off the back of a superb season that saw him walk away with the Premier League golden boot.

Roy Keane believes England captain Harry Kane is 'not a good leader' ahead of Euro 2020

Roy Keane believes England captain Harry Kane is ‘not a good leader’ ahead of Euro 2020

In his SkyBet series with Micah Richards, he said the forward should be more vocal on the pitch

In his SkyBet series with Micah Richards, he said the forward should be more vocal on the pitch

In his SkyBet series with Micah Richards, he said the forward should be more vocal on the pitch

Kane has been skipper since the 2018 World Cup, when he led the team to the semi-finals

Kane has been skipper since the 2018 World Cup, when he led the team to the semi-finals

Kane has been skipper since the 2018 World Cup, when he led the team to the semi-finals

The Tottenham striker faces an uncertain future at his club but will be focusing his attentions on a huge tournament for England after Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League. 

And Keane has taken a swipe at the 28-year-old for not taking any of his Spurs team-mates to task during a campaign of struggles as they failed to win a trophy once again.

Keane was asked by Richards who his top players to watch at the Euros would be – with the centre back naming Kylian Mbappe and Kane. The former midfielder chipped in by admitting he thought the Spurs star was ‘amazing’ and urged his old side United to bid £120million for him this summer.

Keane feels the forward has not laid into his Spurs team-mates enough after poor displays

Keane feels the forward has not laid into his Spurs team-mates enough after poor displays

Keane feels the forward has not laid into his Spurs team-mates enough after poor displays

He still believes Kane is an ‘amazing’ striker and urged Man United to sign him for £120m

But he conceded Kane was ‘not a good leader’ and said his lack of communication could be a ‘big problem’ for England this summer.

‘The only thing I’d hold against Kane – there’s a big negative I have towards Kane,’ he said. ‘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 its £120m – 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.

‘Okay, 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.’ 

Kane, who has 54 caps for England and 34 goals, took over the captaincy for the 2018 World Cup and led the team to the semi-finals before they fell to defeat against Croatia. 

Another player Keane spoke about was France’s Paul Pogba – who he has been heavily critical of in the past – saying he liked him as a player but questioned why his quality hasn’t improved Manchester United as a club or his team-mates.

Keane also discussed Paul Pogba - questioning why he had not improved United as a club

Keane also discussed Paul Pogba - questioning why he had not improved United as a club

Keane also discussed Paul Pogba – questioning why he had not improved United as a club

‘Let’s see if Paul Pogba turns up,’ he added. ‘I like Paul as a player, simple as that, and from what I hear a pretty decent human being – a good character. Slightly different to the way he leads his life.’

When Richards then stated to imitate Pogba’s dance moves and laugh in the passenger’s seat, Keane added: ‘Yeah, all the dancing, but again – I don’t live in a bloody cave. I understand the game has changed. But he’s a talented boy.

‘The one thing I’m disappointed with is – I don’t think he’s made Manchester United that much better, or the players around him better.’ 



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