Tottenham striker Harry Kane reveals England captaincy dream

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has told The Times it would "a dream" to be the next permanent England captain.

As Tottenham's vice-captain, Kane, 22, has deputised for Hugo Lloris on a number of occasions in the past two years and he has been mooted as a possible permanent successor to England captain Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester United forward's position is under threat after he was pictured on a night out in the early hours of last Saturday, after missing the World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.

Asked if he wants the job, Kane told the newspaper: "Definitely. It's my personality. I've always been a leader, on and off the pitch.

"I don't think a captain is just having the ability to shout on the pitch, or moan at someone, it comes with a whole package, speaking out on things, meeting with the fans and having that aura in the dressing room.

"I've managed to captain Spurs a couple of times. It would be a dream to captain Spurs full time and captain England. Who wouldn't want to do that?"

Despite his rise to stardom, Kane, who won the Premier League Golden Boot last season, is generous with his time for both supporters and journalists, and he is always happy to stop to sign autographs or give an interview.

He says his experiences as a child and a meeting with former England captain David Beckham have helped shape his approach to fans.

"I'm very laid back. I never get too high or too ahead of myself," he said. "I see it as part of the job. Some people might disagree with that. Some other footballers might not want to do it. But when I was growing up if I met one of my heroes, and they turned round and said, 'No', they wouldn't sign something for me, I'd be upset.

"I met David Beckham once on a school activity and he was great, signed all the shirts, took all the pictures, always with a smile on his face. I came away with even more respect for him. It made me even more driven to become like him. I don't think I'd ever get fed up signing autographs. It shows I'm doing well."

Kane returned from a seven-week absence to start and score a penalty in Spurs' last match, the 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Nov. 6, and he is expected to start again in Saturday's Premier League game against West Ham.

"I probably came back in better shape than I had been in," he said. "It gave me a chance to do a lot of gym work, power work. I had to be clean with my eating because I wasn't doing as much.

"I really slimmed down, got more toned in the gym because I knew that day was going to come when I had to step up. I always had that Arsenal game in the back of my mind."