Punters who kept faith with England striker Harry Kane after his slow start to the Euro 2020 tournament could be set to cash in with the bookies.
Kane looked lacklustre in the group stage of the tournament and did not open his goalscoring account until the first knock-out game against Germany, since when he has overtaken Raheem Sterling as England’s top goalscorer at the championships.
Kane is on four goals, whereas Sterling is on three; both are still in the running to win the so-called Golden Boot, awarded to the top scorer at the tournament.
The leader in the clubhouse – to mix sporting metaphors – is Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with five goals; however, on Sunday he’ll be at home with his feet up watching the final unless he’s busy admiring his reflection in the mirror.
Kane needs to to score twice to move past him; if he scores only one then Ronaldo will win the Golden Boot by virtue of having one “assist” – the strange concept adopted from US sport whereby a player is credited with having contributed to a goal even if the ball bounced off the player’s buttock into the goalscorer’s path.
Kane, despite increasingly being involved in the build-up to England’s best attacking moments in recent matches (providing assists to those providing the assists, if you will), has zero assists thus far.
If Kane scores one goal and contributes one assist he will still lose out to Ronaldo as the Portuguese played fewer minutes in the tournament.
So, to grab the Golden Boot Kane needs to either score two goals or score one goal and contribute two assists – and then hope Sterling does not bag a hat trick or some Italian does not bang a hatful in.
According to the bookies, Ronaldo is still favourite to win the accolade at 1/8 but Kane is 6/1 and Sterling 20/1. Italy’s Ciro Immobile is quoted at 200/1 to wn the Golden Boot.
Ordinarily, bookies don’t like it when a favourite wins but this case might be an exception as a lot of punters had a flutter on Kane when his odds drifted out to 50/1 before the England-Germany game.