Gary Neville has said Harry Kane is capable of stepping up yet another level and competing for the World Player of the Year award.
Kane scored his sixth goal of the 2018 World Cup against Colombia in just his third appearance at the tournament, putting himself in pole position to go home with the Golden Boot.
Six goals has been enough to win the Golden Boot at nine of the last 10 World Cups (via Tom Alnutt), and you wouldn’t wager against Kane finding the net again in the semi-finals.
The 24-year-old has been one of the standout players at the tournament so far, but Neville believes he has the ability to make yet another step up.
“There isn’t anything that doesn’t impress me about him,” Neville said during ITV’s post-match analysis on Tuesday night (via football.london).
“He’s an absolutely perfect professional with an inner steel. Ruthlessness.
“If you’re talking about World Player of the Year, grabbing these moments, he’s talking about wanting be part of these games, and these are moments where you step up.
“He’s more than capable of doing it. He deserves it for his professionalism. It feels like the moment is now for him.”
Kane was also on the scoresheet from the penalty spot in the shootout, as were his Tottenham teammates Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier.
The striker has now scored 19 goals in 27 appearances for England.
He entered the tournament on the back of his best ever goalscoring season for Spurs, finding the net 41 times in 48 appearances across all competitions.