Harry Kane leads the race for the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot award after netting a hat-trick in England’s 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday afternoon.
The Tottenham striker, considered by some as the best number nine in the world at present, added to the two goals he scored against Tunisia in England’s opening match of the tournament.
Kane rifled home two unstoppable first-half penalties against Panama and then completed his hat-trick with one of the most fortuitous goals of his career just after the hour-mark.
The 24-year-old, who will be hoping to add to his tally in England’s final group match against Belgium on Thursday night, now sits one goal clear of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.
Only one Englishman has managed to win the World Cup Golden Boot award before, and that was Gary Lineker back in 1986.
Lineker netted six goals at that tournament but Kane could smash that tally provided England advance past the Round of 16.
However, he has a long way to go if he wants to become the World Cup’s all-time leading goalscorer.
What Ronaldo has posted about Kane on Instagram
Former Germany striker Miroslav Klose currently holds the record with 16 goals, one more than the Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
While we’re on Ronaldo, the two-time World Cup winner and one of the best strikers of all time, you’ll want to see what the great man has posted about Kane on his Instagram story following England’s win over Panama.
The 41-year-old reposted a Photoshopped image of Kane with his infamous haircut from the 2002 World Cup and wrote on it: ‘Kanaldo?’ alongside some laughing emojis.
Clearly Ronaldo is also on the Kane bandwagon and can’t wait to see England’s star man bring the World Cup home on July 15. Okay, maybe not.
Ronaldo is more than welcome to get behind England
He will, of course, have everything crossed that Brazil will now go on to win their sixth World Cup following their vital 2-0 win over Costa Rica last Friday.
But England fans will be more than happy if Ronaldo wants to get behind the Three Lions if the Seleção are eliminated from the tournament at an earlier stage than Gareth Southgate’s men.
There's a possibility that England and Brazil could meet each other in the quarter-finals.
However, England could potentially avoid the five-time world champions by finishing second in Group G behind Belgium. (Find out why by clicking HERE).