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    England’s Harry Kane issues challenge to Cristiano Ronaldo


    Golden Boot

    Harry Kane has made it very clear he wants to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup, after missing out on the Premier League one following a sublime season from Mo Salah.

    Kane has two goals after the opening game, and wants to join Ronaldo at the top of the goalscorer list – and before England’s opener he noted that three goals would do it.

    Kane of course netted twice, and Ronaldo now has four goals after his Portugal side beat Morocco 1-0 in their second game – but the England striker is hot on his heels.

    Standard Sport noted he spoke before the Tunisia win, and said: “Hopefully I’ll score a hat-trick and we’ll be level,”

    VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 18: Harry Kane and Ruben Loftus-Cheek of England embrace following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

    Talisman

    Both Kane and Ronaldo are the stars of the team and their performances have a huge impact on the teams and who does well – but both sides have made it clear they’re more than just one player.

    Portugal have a great collective spirit and know how to keep a clean sheet and to drill out results, and England have made it very clear they have more players than Kane – and Jordan Henderson has once again outlined that after Kane managed to net two goals in the opening game.

    The England squad has been talked about a huge deal, and there is a strength in depth there that may not have existed in other tournaments, and now it seems the players themselves are ready to step up and share the pressure.

    “We are more than just Harry Kane,” midfielder Jordan Henderson told Standard Sport.

    “Obviously, he is a big part of what we are about. His goalscoring record speaks for itself, but we have a lot of good attacking players who can chip in with goals and assists. 

    “That is important for us. We have players who can support Harry but also contribute themselves. They are fantastic players in their own right.

    “We just want to win games. Harry is a top player, he scores goals for fun and that has to be seen as a big plus for us. But it is not everything, it’s not all we have. We have other options and players who have performed when he hasn’t been in the side.

    “Although, I won’t mind if he does score a load of goals at the World Cup and everyone says we’re just a one-man team because it means we’re winning. We will be happy about that. The most important thing is everyone stays together as a team and performs to the level that we know we can.” 

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