ENGLAND captain and striker Harry Kane is an ornamental flourish like the silver lady on the bonnet of a Rolls-Royce, Gareth Southgate has explained.
The manager has silenced calls to drop Kane for another striker by making clear that he is not in the team to score goals but as a living embodiment of everything great about English football.
Southgate continued: “Just look at him. Proud, upstanding, unquestionably British with a name like a Roy of the Rovers character. How can we not profit from his presence?
“That square jaw, that classic blonde hairline, the sheer dogged never-give-up Dunkirk spirit in his eyes. That’s why we play him up front, so the opposition know what they’re dealing with. Goals are irrelevant.
“His whole career is a fairytale. Like all the greats, he could move to a big club and win trophies but instead he loyally stays with his village team, Tottenham, even though he knows he’ll never win anything.
“Like the Spirit of Ecstasy on a Rolls, he heralds. He inspires. He personifies English football. Sterling can stick it in the net when necessary, he doesn’t mind hard work.”
Fan Nathan Muir said: “What a fantastic team we are, that we can afford just to carry a player. It’s like Beckham in 2002.”