Gareth Southgate has named in-form Kane as his captain.
Gareth Southgate named in-form Kane as his captain for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday, but has not yet named a permanent skipper.
Jordan Henderson, Gary Cahill, Joe Hart and Kane have all shared the captaincy since Wayne Rooney started to feature less for England, but Sherwood thinks the Tottenham striker deserves to wear the captain’s armband permanently.
The former Tottenham boss told ‘Sky Sports’: “If it was my decision I would give it to him (Kane). I think there are three candidates, Cahill, Henderson and Kane.
“For me Kane will play every game and it’s important that whoever wears that armband will be starting most of the games.
“Harry won’t feel it as a burden, it won’t carry any weight and he will carry on scoring goals for England. He will do his best for his country. I think it’s the correct decision [to appoint him captain on Thursday] but I would give it to him permanently.
“It’s somewhat unusual for Harry because he is not captain for Tottenham, that’s Hugo Lloris. It comes a little bit the wrong way around but I don’t think he will be affected.
“If Harry is not having a good game, he can still affect others. I think he can still drive the best out of other team-mates.
“It is also really important you have a captain without skeletons in the closet and I don’t think the three players I mentioned do. We are not going to read about them on the front page.”
Former England defender Stuart Pearce believes the permanent captain should be appointed as soon as possible and admits that Kane is a strong contender.
He also told ‘Sky Sports’: “England have to grow leadership from within the ranks. A criticism we get after every tournament is a lack of leadership.
“This boy [Kane] has his head screwed on. The three that Tim mentioned are definitely candidates but the manager has to know which one he is going to pick regularly and which one has the most chance of losing form.
“The last thing you want is your captain not being good enough to make the team.
“When you speak to Spurs fans they say, ‘Harry Kane says and does the right things’. I think he will grow with it.”