Euro 2020 is about to start and it’s no surprise to see that Harry Kane is expected to continue his fine form.
Kane won the Premier League’s Golden Boot in 2020-21, in a season in which he scored 23 goals. He also won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup and he’s now being backed to add to his list of individual achievements at this summer’s European Championships.
The Tottenham striker scored six goals at the last World Cup to finish as top scorer. Kane then topped to goalscoring charts during Euro 2020 qualifying, scoring twelve times.
In total Kane now has 34 goals in 54 international appearances, which puts him sixth on the all-time list of England’s record goalscorers. Kane is 19 behind the record holder Wayne Rooney, who scored 53 in 120 games.
Betway Sports have Harry Kane at 6.50 to win the Golden Boot. That makes him the favourite to be the top scorer at Euro 2020.
Not far behind in the betting is the Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku at 7.50. Kylian Mbappe at 10.00, Cristiano Ronaldo at 11.00 and Memphis Depay at 15.00, are some of the other leading candidates.
So will Kane come out on top again? A lot will depend on how deep England go in the tournament, but the group stage certainly looks promising.
England are up against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic in Group D. It would be a surprise if Kane didn’t score at least a couple of goals against that level of opposition, with Croatia having seriously regressed since reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018.
All three of England’s group games will be at Wembley, but one wonders if that might actually count against their changes of going far in the tournament. The winners of Group D will face the runners-up from Group F, which contains France, Portugal and Germany.
England would have an easier game in the last-16 if they finished second in their group, although they would then have to play the winners of Group F in the quarter-finals. With England’s record against major nations in the knockout stages of competitions being so poor, Kane might not play enough games to become top scorer this summer, especially when you consider that there are major doubts over the quality of the team’s defence.
On the last two occasions that there has been an outright winner of the Golden Boot at the European Championships, the player was with a team that reached the final. Before you back Kane to win another Golden Boot, consider how likely it is that England will go all the way.