England captain Harry Kane helped secure qualification to the World Cup round-of-16 yesterday, as England routed Panama 6-1, with the 24-year-old’s hat-trick putting him atop the list of goalscorers in Russia on five.
Having scored 41 goals for Tottenham last term, Kane was tipped for a successful tournament this summer, but nobody, including himself, will have expected such a dazzling start to the competition following 2016’s Euro disaster.
His two first half penalties were capped off with an inadvertent touch, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek fired a shot off his heel in the 62nd minute – with John Stones and Jesse Lingard also netting on the day – and Spurs fans have since taken to Twitter to commend their talisman.
Here’s the reaction:
Levy giving Kane a 6 yr contract just before WC looks like a stroke of genius #coys
— Glenn Bancroft (@gbancroft29) June 24, 2018
Liverpool fans on Kane:
‘He steals goals’
Ar**nal, Wet Spam and Chavski fans on Kane:
Penalty merchant that only scores tap ins.
— richard smith (@richmooksmith) June 24, 2018
Couldn’t love him more
— Matt W (@matthewway63) June 24, 2018
An damn right they are too, he’s one of our own, and he’s world class, the best there is #KingKane
— Mark TL40 (@JimmayMonster) June 24, 2018
He’s simply Harry Kane …
— TheGenius (@TheMacBoy_) June 25, 2018
I agree! I’m a Spurs and England fan! Come on lads, it’s coming home !
— Andy Mapps (@AndyMapps) June 25, 2018
51 goals so far this season too!!!!!!!
— Guy Shelton (@GUYSHELTON) June 24, 2018
— R_Peto (@petersen_reece) June 24, 2018
The irony of seeing opposing club supporters of Harry Kane attempting to lavish praise on him and celebrate his goals.
Given that for four-seasons he’s been labelled a fluke, tap-in merchant, greedy and selfish.
You honestly couldn’t make this up. #WorldCup
— Ricky Sacks ? (@RickSpur) June 18, 2018
— CleveTHFC ? (@CleveTHFC) June 24, 2018
Harry Kane Was Born To Score Goals … ??
— Ambassador ?? (@sir_balemoh) June 24, 2018
There’s no question England will face tougher tests, with Belgium on the horizon, and Kane will need to continue his brilliant vein of form if Gareth Southgate’s side have ambitions of going far in the competition.
However, there’s nothing to suggest the Englishman has any intention of slowing down. And if anything, we’ve seen in the past that once Kane approaches individual records and accolades, his level elevates, and the prospect of winning the Golden Boot will add extra motivation on top of the quest for World Cup gold.