Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane has developed into one of Europe’s most lethal goalscorers and will spearhead England’s attack in Russia this summer.
Kane’s career has been a rapid story of ascent to the top since he forced his way into the Spurs first team during the 2014/15 season.
Since then, he has raced to 100 Premier League goals (in 139 appearances) and become the bedrock of a team challenging for honours both domestically and on the European front.
Now 24, Kane’s key attribute is simply an unnerving desire to put the ball in the back of the net.
He shoots on sight, from close range and much further afield, while more often than not he is in the right place at the right moment when a ball is loose in the penalty box.
Since England’s disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, Kane has been cementing his position in the national set-up.
He was not quite a first-choice when Roy Hodgson led the Three Lions to another major tournament letdown at Euro 2016 but, with record goalscorer Wayne Rooney out of the picture now, Kane is the top dog.
His stature has grown under Gareth Southgate during the 2018 World Cup qualifying run.
He netted the last-gasp leveller at Hampden Park in saving the day against arch-rivals Scotland last June, before illustrating his worth with crucial goals in a pair of home and away 1-0 wins over Slovenia and Lithuania.
With his goalscoring exploits in the Champions League this season for Tottenham, Kane has thrust himself to the fore in becoming perhaps Europe’s most sought-after marksman, attracting rumoured interest from Real Madrid no less.
England will want a winning start against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18 and Kane is the chief suspect to give them just that.
The Three Lions are 2.30 to win Group G, with Belgium and Panama making up the quartet, while Southgate’s team are 17.00 to win the 2018 World Cup.