What happened next to England’s previous Golden Boot winner?


first_imgHarry Kane scored six World Cup goals to become England’s first Golden Boot winner since 1986.Having hit a hat-trick against Panama and two against Tunisia in the group stage, he added to his tally in the dramatic victory over Colombia in the last 16. However, he lists the 1986 World Cup as his best and the hat-trick v Poland, which preceded his move from Goodison to Camp Nou.“I’d gone five or six games without scoring for England, so I was under a bit of pressure, especially as the World Cup was such a big tournament,” he told FIFA.com.With his treble, Lineker opened the floodgates as he scored twice more against Paraguay in England’s next match, then added a consolation in the 2-1 defeat to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina.Even before Kane was showcasing his prowess on the world stage in Russia, Europe’s heavyweights had been circling.During the tournament, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at Spurs: “Harry Kane is probably the best striker in the Premier League,” he told BBC Sport ahead of England’s win against Panama while trying to contain a smile. “I think he’s now ready to go to a proper big club!”Joking aside, Real Madrid are understood to be tracking him and former Bernabeu president Ramon Calderon even told The Sun as much in April.“The objective for Real Madrid, no doubt, is Kane,” he said.“If they want a player for the next five or six years they are going to go for Kane but [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy is going to ask a fortune for him.”And Levy has already said the club will not sell anyone they don’t want to ahead of the move into the new stadium, with Kane penning a new deal in June meaning interested clubs will have to break the bank to land him. Barcelona paid £2.8m for Gary Lineker There is no suggestion he wants to leave either. “It’s been fantastic to consistently get in the Champions League so I’m really excited to have another go at that, and with the Premier League and FA Cup, we’ll look to go as far as we can,” he said upon signing his new deal.Still, if he keeps going at the rate he is, it obviously becomes harder for Tottenham to keep him even if they are moving in the right direction.Lineker’s life changed after his exploits in 1986 and he even won his old man some money, as Lineker senior placed a bet on his son finishing top scorer ahead of the tournament at odds of 14-1. 4 4 The last time England had such a prolific World Cup marksman was when Gary Lineker took home the Golden Tan – sorry, boot – in the Mexico heat, which landed him a £2.8million transfer to Barcelona as a result.Former striker Lineker is seemingly best remembered for his Italia ‘90 exploits where he equalised against West Germany in the semi-final, gestured to the bench when Gazza broke down and even had the bottle to score three penalties (two against Cameroon, one in the semi-final shoot-out). 4 Harry Kane has scored 108 goals in 153 Premier League games 4 Lineker scored six goals at Mexico ’86 Harry Kane has scored six goals at the World Cup “I looked at him like he was a madman,” Lineker said. “[The World Cup] was a great experience overall, despite how we went out,” he added.“Winning the Golden Boot was year zero for me. Life changed. And my dad won some cash, so he was pleased, too!”Hopefully Mr Kane was able to bung a few quid on Harry before the tournament began.last_img

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