- Harry Kano will not rule out the prospects of toppling Portugal’s superstar Cristano Ronaldo to the Golden Boot award
- The England international has always been on scoring form wherever he captains the Three Lions.
- Portugal’s Ronaldo has raised the yardstick for success after netting the first and only hat-trick so far against Spain’s La Roja
Englishman Harry Kane will not rule out the prospects of toppling Portugal’s superstar Cristano Ronaldo to the Golden Boot award, ahead of the England’s opener against Tunisia at the on-going 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, reports suggest.
Kane enjoyed a scoring run in the English topflight for Tottenham over the years, but would be looking forward to reply his critics on the big stage.
According to the UK Express report, the Three Lions captain in response to series of jokes about him on the Internet, particularly the trophy he got from Russian locals during the Three Lions’ arrival in Russia is likely, the only silverware he will get at the Mundial.
“Obviously, I see a few of the jokes going round on social media - it is what it is,” Kane was quoted as saying.
“I’ve got a lot of trophies for scoring in my career but I’d like to be sitting here with that big gold trophy in a few weeks’ time.”
No doubt, the 6kg and 37cm gold platted trophy will be a piece of silverware that will excite any football player-but the Premier League top goals scorers in two past campaigns believes he also has the quality of emerging the top scorer at the end of the tournament.
Already, Portugal’s Ronaldo has raised the yardstick for success after netting the first and only hat-trick against Spain’s La Roja in Portugal’s first fixture, but the 24-year-old striker is not discouraged.
“For sure, he’s put me under a bit of pressure,” Kane admitted.
“He’s a fantastic player who had a fantastic game, but it’s about concentrating on the team.
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“Hopefully I will score a hat-trick against Tunisia and we’ll be level. But it’s not something I’ll be thinking about until later in the tournament.”
For now, his focus is very much on delivering a performance in Volgograd tonight – not least for the fans back at home.
“We can’t wait to get started and obviously, with all the fans back home watching, we want to make them proud. We want to fight for them, win for them and that’s what we play football for.
“I am really excited to get going now. The lads and I will be watching the games today, waiting to get started.”
Interestingly, the England international has always been on scoring form wherever he captains the Three Lions. In the last five fixtures as skipper, the Tottenham forward hit the bulls’ eye and will be looking forward to continue the English team by getting the goals again.
Looking ahead to England’s opening fixture scheduled for the 45,000 capacity Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Kane revealed that he will has less to tell the lads because they are aware of the task in Russia.
“I will tell them just to play… play well,” he noted. “Everyone I’m sure will have some words to say. For me it’s just about concentrating on your job.
“Every player does their job to the best of their ability I’m sure we’ll do pretty well. It’s about staying focused. For me and the other players recognising if things aren’t going well, can you pick players up, help them along.
“There’re going to be times against Tunisia and in all the games where there will be highs and lows. It’s all about controlling that and managing that and making sure we have the best outcome possible.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that the Tottenham forward battled late fitness nine days before the commencement of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
The Three Lion’s top striker had his ankle was heavily strapped 48 hours after battling Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the Wembley.
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