Lineker reveals selfish reason he was pleased to see Kane win World Cup Golden Boot

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Former Tottenham striker, Gary Lineker, has insisted that he was pleased to see Harry Kane lift the golden boot in the 2018 Word Cup as it served as a reminder to people that he did the same in 1986.

England had a terrific tournament in Russia as they outperformed expectations and made it all the way to the semifinals, eventually falling to Croatia.

The lions managed to unify the country and give us a summer to remember, restoring the faith in the national side.

Kane scored six goals in the tournament for the Three Lions and walked home with the Golden Boot. This marked the first occasion an England player had won the award since Lineker’s achievement in 1986 when England fell at the quarterfinal stage to Argentina.

Contrary to some beliefs, Lineker insisted he was pleased when Kane won the award as it drew comparisons with his achievement.

Speaking to Match of the Day’s Top 10 podcast, the former England striker said: “People say to me when Harry won the Golden Boot at the World Cup a couple of years ago, they used to say, ‘Oh, god, you must be gutted that another English player has won the Golden Boot.

“I used to say ‘no, it’s actually good because it reminds people that I did win the Golden Boot rather than the bloke that sells crisps’. I was quite happy with it when Harry Kane did that. And he had a couple of penalties and all that.”

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I actually loved the fact that most of Kane’s goals in the World Cup were tap-ins and penalties as it riled up his haters even more. I certainly wouldn’t put it past the England captain to match or even better his own achievement in Russia before the end of his career.

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