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Published 10 May 2024 4 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Harry Kane: My Favourite England XI

Written by:

Adam Drury

The Three Lions skipper and all-time leading goalscorer picks his ultimate England team

Harry Kane is undoubtedly one of England's greatest ever strikers.

But when selecting his favourite Three Lions XI, the skipper reveals his memories of other greats from the national team's history.

A combination of former and current players make Kane's side, while he resists the temptation to select himself in attack.

This is what he came up with.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford

I'm going to start off with Pickers. We're good mates, we like to play golf together and he's been a big part of our journey since 2018. I've got a lot of good memories with him, particularly the penalty shootout against Colombia at the World Cup.

Right-back: Kyle Walker

Kyle, again, is a really good friend but he has also been one of our most consistently good performers. He will go down as one of the best right-backs England have ever had, if not the best.

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Passwords | Kane & Trent v Maguire & Maddison

Harry Kane & Trent Alexander-Arnold v Harry Maguire and James Maddison in our series Passwords

Centre-back: John Terry

I loved the way he put his body on the line for his country. You could see how much he loved playing for England and then when he was captain I remember the famous clip of him diving with his head to block the shot. I remember loving that aspect of his game.

Centre-back: Harry Maguire

Another really good friend of mine. A fantastic performer for England. At the 2018 World Cup, Euro 2020 and the last World Cup he had outstanding tournaments. I know how much H loves playing for England so he has to be part of my team.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole was one of the best left-backs in the world when I was growing up. I enjoyed the way he played, enjoyed his passion and how aggressive he was. He was a big part of my childhood watching England.
Harry Maguire and Harry Kane are close friends off the field
Harry Maguire and Harry Kane are close friends off the field
Right wing: David Beckham

I need to put Becks in. He was my favourite player growing up, he was my idol. I will remember the Greece free-kick forever, as I know a lot of England fans will. He was from Chingford, where I'm from, and went to the same school as me when he was growing up. I met him when I was young and I loved everything about him.

Centre-midfield: Frank Lampard

I'll go Lampard. I loved watching Lampard score for England and I loved his mentality. He always wanted to be involved and have an effect on the game. There have been some amazing midfielders for England but for him to score the goals he did, he has to be in next to Becks.

Centre-midfield: Steven Gerrard

Just for the memories, I have to go Gerrard as well. Similar reasons really, he was an amazing player and one of the best ever to wear the shirt. He played with a real hunger and desire and he seems really down to earth. He obviously went on to captain England as well so he had all the attributes and he would have been a joy to play with.

Left wing: Raheem Sterling

Me and Raheem had a great relationship together for England. We had loads of goals and assists with each other and he set up my first ever goal, so he has to be in just for that. We had a great relationship in major tournaments, obviously he was amazing at Euro 2020, so I think it maybe goes under the radar how good Raz has been in an England shirt. He has scored important goals and has been a huge part of what we've achieved as a team.
Wayne Rooney was England's all-time leading goalscorer before Harry Kane
Wayne Rooney was England's all-time leading goalscorer before Harry Kane
Striker: Wayne Rooney

Wayne is in, for sure. He was my captain when I got into the team and was obviously England's all-time goalscorer. One of the best England players ever and I just loved watching him. It was a pleasure to play with him and he was also a great guy. He welcomed me in really well and spoke to me about what playing for England is all about and the expectations. As a captain he was great at that and I've tried to do the same thing with new players who come in now. He left a great impression on me.

Striker: Michael Owen

There are so many options but I think I would go Owen as my final striker. I was five when he scored that goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup so I was the kind of age where you start to remember. And then 2002 was probably the tournament I remember most and he was a big part of the team then. It was a shame injuries hampered Owen a little bit but the way he burst onto the scene and the goals he scored was incredible.

Honourable mentions: Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham are two strikers I loved in the 1990s.

Jordan Henderson has been a huge part of what we achieved as a group and I could have easily put him in midfield. Paul Scholes, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker – they're all players who you can go back and watch produce special moments in England shirts.

Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch are two under-the-radar picks too, I loved playing with Jermain and Crouch did great in an England shirt.

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