Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed that he and other senior players will use their experience to help new England captain Harry Kane during the World Cup in Russia.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate recently chose the Spurs striker as his sides leader, having handed the captaincy to several different players since taking over the job back in November 2017.
Southgate has picked a squad with plenty of promise but very little international or major tournament experience. Cahill is the most experienced player selected with just 59 caps, and the Chelsea captain has vowed to help Kane and the group as a whole as much as he can.
“It’s important the experienced members of the squad help him so he can concentrate on finding the net,” Cahill told the London Evening Standard.
“The message has been clear from the manager that he wants a number of leaders – that is why he passed the armband on to a few players before the tournament. He wanted that group of leaders to help and share the workload.
“I’m there to help. I’m not there to preach to anyone, but I have experience of playing in big games.
“If people want to speak to me and likewise me with other people, the group is very tight in that way and everyone is approachable for any type of advice in good and bad moments.
“Everyone prepares in their own way. Some people want that, some people don’t. We’ll be ready fitness wise for sure, it’s just about being ready in the mind in a positive way.”
England kick off their World Cup campaign on Monday June 19 against Tunisia. Southgates’s men have been drawn in Group G, which also contains Roberto Martinez’s highly rated Belgium and Central American side Panama.
Belgium, who have a wealth of Premier League talent in their squad, are clear favourites to progress as group winners, although Southgate’s men are expected to have enough to qualify in second place.