Southgate ponders his options

05 October 2017 05:08:12 EST

Gareth Southgate admits he has not decided who will be his captain at next summer's World Cup finals, if England reach Russia.

If England can beat Slovenia at Wembley they will definitely be involved in the finals, but Thursday's opponents will be difficult to break down as they have only conceded four goals in eight qualifiers to date.

Southgate has named Tottenham's in-form striker Harry Kane as his captain for the match, which England are 11/2 to win 1-0.

Previous skipper Wayne Rooney retired from international duty in August and Southgate has named Jordan Henderson, Gary Cahill and Joe Hart as his captain in the past.

The England manager said: "It's not just about the matchday - it's everything around the camp, thinking how you integrate the squad and how you involve other people and the moments to step forward, leading by example, leading by having a quiet word with people.

"There's lots of things that go towards making a good captain. That won't happen overnight, we're talking about leadership experience that comes over a longer period of time."

Kane is 4/7 to score at any time against Slovenia while Southgate's side are 8/11 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Meanwhile, England can be backed at 20/1 to win the World Cup outright next summer.

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