World Cup 2018: Why Harry Kane is correct to focus on Golden Boot – Alan Shearer
Some folks would possibly suppose it’s a bit untimely for me to start out speaking about Harry Kane successful the Golden Boot at this World Cup after he has solely performed as soon as.
However Harry could have been serious about being the highest scorer at Russia 2018 since earlier than he obtained on the airplane to fly out right here, and he’s completely proper to.
I used to be the identical earlier than Euro ’96, although I had not scored a global objective in 12 matches over 21 months earlier than it began.
I used to be coming off the again of a season throughout which I had scored 31 Premier League targets, so I used to be 100% concentrating on the Golden Boot, and Harry shall be too. That’s the method a assured striker has to suppose, particularly somebody nearly as good as him.
Earlier than Monday, he had not scored a objective at a serious worldwide finals, however he has put that proper now, and in some type.
What a distinction to Euro 2016
I’ve been saying that it is a big World Cup for Harry, and an opportunity to shine on the worldwide stage and present he is without doubt one of the greatest strikers on the planet. He has made one hell of a begin.
His two poacher’s goals against Tunisia have been good finishes from corners, particularly the second which was lots tougher than it seemed.
He needed to information his header in, and it was an excellent end underneath intense strain within the last minute of a World Cup recreation.
That was the Harry Kane we all know from the previous 4 Premier League seasons, and it was an enormous distinction to his opening efficiency at Euro 2016 towards Russia.
In addition to failing to attain in that recreation, he seemed drained and leggy, and my message to him then was he had to enhance dramatically or he would quickly lose his place main England’s assault in France.
The way in which he performed towards Tunisia couldn’t have been extra completely different, not solely right down to the way in which he obtained his targets as a result of he was brighter and sharper than anybody else of their field, but in addition as a result of he’s not taking our corners.
The way in which he took his probabilities in Volgograd reveals how weird a choice that was as a result of, if he was taking them on Monday evening, we might not have gained that recreation.
Victory ought to finish discuss of Iceland defeat
For Harry to have an honest likelihood of successful the Golden Boot, England are most likely going to must get to the semi-finals, at the very least.
We’ve made an encouraging begin, and there have been loads of positives, however I’m not going to get carried away.
I assumed the quarter-finals have been a sensible goal earlier than the World Cup began and I’ve not modified my opinion of how good we’re, or how far we are able to go, on the again of 1 recreation towards Tunisia.
However it was a great consequence, and we must always not take it with no consideration – we have now solely gained our opening recreation at a World Cup on three events prior to now 9 instances we have now certified.
I believe it was much more essential due to the way in which we went out of the European Championship two years in the past.
Till we gained a match at these finals, then point out of the Iceland recreation was by no means going to be far-off. Hopefully Monday’s victory will put an finish to folks speaking about what occurred there.
Captain Kane leads from the entrance
As I mentioned straight after the Tunisia recreation, Harry’s efficiency confirmed precisely why Gareth Southgate made him England captain.
Harry will not be a fist-pumper, and he doesn’t shout or scream, however one other a part of that function is to be the person you possibly can depend on to provide one thing particular when the staff wants it, and Harry did that brilliantly.
It would imply much more to him to make an impression like that as a result of he’s captain. It did to me, as a result of I beloved the strain and added duty of main my nation.
Some folks didn’t agree with him being made skipper, as a result of he’s a striker. It was the identical once I obtained the job.
However that didn’t have an effect on me, and it’s the similar with Harry. He has justified Gareth’s choice already, not that he needed to so far as I’m involved.
No sleep, however plenty of confidence
As a striker, Harry could have watched Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann get off the mark within the first few days of the World Cup and would have been determined to make his impression on the competitors too.
He’s judged on targets and if he’s something like I used to be earlier than an enormous match, he would have been mendacity awake on the Sunday evening considering, ‘I’ve obtained to get off to a great begin’, and to really do that may have been an enormous aid.
He’ll really feel like he has arrived at this World Cup and should you might have written a script for him, as an England striker and captain, then it will not be too completely different from the way in which his evening turned out.
I do not know if he would have gotten a lot sleep after the sport, although. I by no means actually managed it after matches as a result of the adrenaline continues to be pumping by means of you and, not solely that, he could have had his targets to consider.
Panama shall be an opportunity for additional targets
It’s such a great feeling to have gained his nation three factors at a World Cup – it doesn’t get any higher than that – so I’m certain he’s having fun with it, and he deserves to.
All the things about Harry’s efficiency carried the hallmark of a top-class centre-forward. I’ve already made it very clear how extremely I fee him and the one issues I’d say to him this time are ‘congratulations’ and ‘preserve going’.
He shall be stuffed with confidence going into the Panama recreation in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, which is the proper recreation for him and for England, as we construct as much as play Belgium in our last group match.
Panama work exhausting however they’re a reasonably restricted staff and we must always have greater than sufficient to beat them. We’ve seen each staff at this event now, they usually and Saudi Arabia are the worst by a ways.
A win might safe our progress to the final 16 and it’s a nice alternative for Harry to get extra targets too. I’d love him to get one other two or three, after which we are able to see the place he goes from there.
Alan Shearer was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan in Moscow.