Harry Kane has the best chance of any England player since Alan Shearer of winning the Golden Boot at a major tournament.
I played alongside Shearer — who was top scorer at Euro ’96 — and I see similarities between the two.
Kane possesses the same ruthlessness that Shearer used to have. Take the Nigeria match. After being quiet for much of the first half, Kane took the first chance he had.
Harry Kane has the best chance since Alan Shearer in 1996 of winning the Golden Boot
Three Lions legend Shearer top scored at the 1996 European Championships
It doesn’t matter whether it is a friendly, a Premier League game or a World Cup quarter-final — Kane has the hunger and belief to score any opportunity that comes his way.
He is motivated by a desire to keep proving people wrong. When he made his Premier League breakthrough he was written off as a one-season wonder.
Then, in the aftermath of England’s capitulation at Euro 2016, he was singled out for unfair criticism. With every setback Kane has come back fighting. Nothing seems to faze him.
It is a quality Gareth Southgate has noticed and why he has made him England captain. It wouldn’t surprise me if he outscores Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in Russia.
Get off to a flying start against Tunisia and it will only fuel his belief that he can win the Golden Boot.
Gareth Southgate has noticed that nothing seems to faze Kane and it’s why he is captain