Englands Harry Kane has managed to get his foot in the door for the World Cups Golden Boot, the award given to the player who scores throughout the month-long tournament.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane of England has five goals in just two games to lead the World Cup’s race for the Golden Boot. (Image: Getty)

As of Tuesday, Kane was in the lead with five goals after only two games. Romelu Lukaku of Belgium, and Cristiano Ronaldo have four. England plays their next game Thursday, against Belgium.

When odds for the Golden Boot opened, Kane was far down the list at 16/1. Ahead of him were Lionel Messi of Argentina at 9/1, Neymar of Brazil at 10/1, Frances Antoine Griezmann and Germanys Timo Werner at 12/1, and Ronaldo and Gabriel Jesus of Brazil at 14/1.

Now the odds are heavily in Kanes favor. He is now listed at 11/5, while Ronaldo is 10/3 and Lukaku is 4/1.

Kane Strikes Again and Again

Englands opening match in Russia was against Tunisia, and Englands captain didnt take long to show his offensive prowess. He knocked in the rebound of John Stoness header off a corner kick to give his country the lead 11 minutes into the game.

He then rescued his team from what could have been an embarrassing tie against the inferior Tunisia when he headed in a corner kick four yards from the goal with a minute into stoppage time.

We made a lot of fans back home in the pubs happy, Kane said after the 2-1 victory.

In Englands second game, beating Panama, 6-1, Kane added three more to his total, scoring on two first-half penalty kicks and a deflection in the 62ndminute to complete the hat trick.

Those who bet on Kane to win the Golden Boot, however, might not be happy at manager Gareth Southgate. He has hinted that he may rest his star against Belgium, since the team has locked up a spot in the Round of 16.

Obviously it will be very important for Harry, hes sitting proudly at the top, Southgate said. Hes gone ahead of some major names in English football history in terms ofWorld Cupgoals and that should make him incredibly proud. But he also knows the team is the most important thing and we have to make decisions that are right for the team. I always have to balance whats right for the squad.

Lakuku Nursing Injury

Good news for Kane is that his closest pursuers arent gaining ground. Ronaldo didnt score in Portugals 1-1 draw against Iran on Monday, and Lakuku could join Kane on the sidelines for Thursday’s game.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said he will most likely rest Lakuku, who suffered a minor ankle injury he suffered in the teams 5-2 victory over Tunisia.

We need to assess the injury concerns, Martnez said. Well make decisions based on that but there will be major changes against England.

Neymar, Messi Off-Target

Brazils Neymar and Argentinas Messi have been major disappointments in regards to goal scoring. Neymar had one goal in two games, getting his lone score in stoppage time against Costa Rica.

Messi has been an even bigger flop. He has gone scoreless in two games and the 31-year-old has hinted he may retire from the international team, especially if they fail to advance to the Round of 16.

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