By William Hill
Last Updated: 7th January 2020
Anyone who bet on Harry Kane World Cup 2018 top goalscorer prior to the start of the competition must now be expecting to reap the rewards of their 16/1 punt.
Kane’s penalty in the last-16 victory over Colombia took him to six goals in Russia, two clear of the field, and nobody moved any closer when he failed to fire against Sweden in the quarter finals.
This tally puts Kane on par with Gary Lineker as England’s most successful scorer in a single tournament, with the current Match of the Day presenter netting six on his way to top-scorer status in 1986.
But how many goals will Harry Kane score in total, with England guaranteed to play another two matches?
Harry Kane World Cup 2018 top goalscorer odds are now as short as 1/6
To date, Kane has netted 14 times in the 11 England appearances he has made under Gareth Southgate, which includes eight of the nine matches in which he has been captain in this period.
This suggests Kane is on track to eclipse Lineker by scoring at least seven in this tournament. Only Ronaldo in 2002 has scored more than six at a single World Cup since 1972. Any goals in extra time count towards his total, but penalties in shootouts do not.
Should Kane’s tally reach double figures, he could surpass Lineker and become England’s all-time World Cup top scorer. Lineker currently leads the way with 10 goals, scoring four in 1990 to add to his six from 1986.
Harry Kane World Cup 2018 Top Goalscorer – the competition
There are only three players still active in the tournament that are within three goals of England’s centre forward, with Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku two behind and France pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe three adrift.
However, across the last eight World Cups, in which 32 different squads tackled both the semi-finals and either the final or third-place play-off, a single player managed to find the net more than twice.
That was Ronaldo in 2002, as he struck past Turkey in the final four and then twice against Germany in the trophy decider.
The Brazilian legend is also the sole man to have finished as outright Top Goalscorer and won the tournament across the last eight World Cups. Harry Kane and England are 11/4 to replicate that double.