World Cup Golden Boot: Harry Kane on brink of finishing as top scorer

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Harry Kane scores England's first goal of World Cup

England striker Harry Kane is in a commanding position to finish the 2018 World Cup as top scorer, with only the final left to be played.

Kane, 24, ended the tournament with six goals after failing to score as the Three Lions lost 2-0 to Belgium in Saturday's third-place play-off.

France strikers Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have both scored three times so far in Russia.

Croatia, their opponents in Sunday's final, have three players on two goals.

World Cup Golden Boot table: Harry Kane - 6. Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku - 4. Artem Dzyuba, Antonie Griezmann, Yerry Mina, Eden Hazard, Mbappe, Diego Costa -3.

Kane, Premier League top scorer in two of the past three seasons, equalled Gary Lineker's England record for number of goals in a tournament, set in 1986.

The Tottenham player also became the first Englishman since Tommy Lawton in 1939 to score in six consecutive internationals.

Kane's goals all came in England's first four games, with three from the penalty spot, and he failed to score in his last three matches at the tournament.

"It shows we had a good group stage and scored a lot of goals," he told ITV after Saturday's match. "Obviously I'm disappointed I couldn't get a goal in the last few games.

"Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn't. But if I win it, it'll be something I'll be very proud of."

How Kane scored his goals

Only one of Kane's goals came from open play - here is how he scored them all.

First goal (v Tunisia): John Stones' header from Ashley Young's corner is brilliantly saved and Kane taps in from three yards out.

Second goal (v Tunisia): Kieran Trippier's corner is flicked on by Harry Maguire and Kane heads in from three yards out.

Third goal (v Panama): From the penalty spot, high into the left-hand corner.

Fourth goal (v Panama): Deja vu. From the penalty spot again, into the same corner.

Fifth goal (v Panama): Kane's only goal from open play. Ruben Loftus-Cheek's low strike deflects off his heel and sails into the back of the net.

Sixth goal (v Colombia): Another from the penalty spot, straight down the middle.

The numbers behind Kane's goals

  • Kane had 14 shots in the tournament.
  • He scored with all six of his shots on target.
  • All the goals came from inside the box - five with his right foot, one with his head.
  • Half of his goals were scored from the penalty spot.

How Kane ranks among his peers

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