Nizhny Novgorod, June 23: Harry Kane’s hat-trick against Panama puts him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the golden boot at the World Cup.
The 24-year-old also scored England’s first hat-trick at a World Cup finals since Gary Lineker got three against Poland in 1986.
Kane is now the bookies favourite to win the tournament’s golden boot after scoring five times in just two games.
After enjoying another impressive season with Tottenham, the England captain continues to find the back of the net with his hat-trick in Nizhny Novgorod being his 18th in 26 international appearances.
The Spurs striker joins Lineker and Geoff Hurst in being the only other England players to score a hat-trick at a World Cup.
Kane will be looking to add to his tally when England play Belgium on Thursday in their final Group G game.
Going into the final round of group stage fixtures, Kane leads all scorers at the tournament with five goals, while Ronaldo and Lukaku are not far behind on four goals each.
Ronaldo hit an impressive hat-trick in the opening group game for Portugal in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, while Lukaku has been consistent for Belgium against Panama and Tunisia with a brace in each game.
Kane is also the first player to score a brace or more in his first two games at the World Cup since Poland’s great goalscorer Grzegorz Lato in 1974.
Kane’s and Lukaku’s goalscoring feats also means both the Three Lions and the Red Devils advance into the knockout stages of the World Cup before the two nations meet next Thursday. (Agencies)