Dier Eyeing England Captaincy

England welcome Lithuania to Wembley on Sunday evening in the 5th game of their World Cup Qualifiers.

FOOTBALL Association chairman Greg Clarke yesterday condemned the "inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing" behaviour of some England fans in Germany on Wednesday night.

"We might be quite young but I don't think we can play the age card forever", he told reporters on Friday.

The player moved to Torino on a season-long loan at the end of August and has made 28 appearances for a side who sit 10th in Serie A.

Southgate's already given Jordan Henderson the skipper's armband once, but with our midfielder out, and Wayne Rooney and Cahill not around, Lallana is next in line... "I'd love to one day be able to do that", said Dier.

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The performance against Germany was good enough that this way of playing has to now be persisted with.

And Southgate confirmed at a press conference on Saturday that Manchester City goalkeeper Hart, now on loan with Torino, would have the armband for the Wembley contest.

The 23-year-old striker was not included in Gareth Southgate's first squad as permanent Three Lions boss after suffering ankle ligament damage in Tottenham's FA Cup quarter-final win against Millwall. What they displayed was more of a mixture of domination and counter-pressing, and not a perfection of either of them.

His Spurs team-mate Harry Kane had his leadership qualities praised by England boss Gareth Southgate last week, with the issue of captaincy once again up in the air as Wayne Rooney sits out the current round of global fixtures. "Some people question having a goalkeeper as captain but I had Jack Butland in the Under-21s, and you're looking for professionalism throughout the week, not just on matchday".

He explained: "I had to think seriously because we have a squad with some emerging leaders".

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Earlier, the FSF also hit out at the chants, saying: "Over the last 20 years English football fans have built a worldwide reputation for our passionate support and the vocal backing we give to our teams".

While Jones led England to their second-straight Six Nations title, the 13-9 defeat to Ireland in Dublin showed the Australian that they are still some way off overtaking the All Blacks as rugby's premier team.

"We have to be ready for both of their wide players, in particular". We want competition for places, we have got competition for places in every area of the field.

"Whenever you're in an England squad you'll probably think about it".

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