England striker Harry Kane is the favourite to be top scorer at next summer’s European Championships with the Three Lions among the frontrunners in the Euro 2020 betting.
The Spurs man is in blistering form for his club, scoring seven Premier League goals and a remarkable nine assists in the first nine league games of the season.
Although he failed to score during the recent international break while forwards Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both got on the scoresheet, captain Kane’s place in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI is assured.
His formidable record of 32 goals in 51 caps for his country puts him on course to beat Wayne Rooney’s England record of 53 goals, which the former Manchester United striker achieved in 120 appearances.
Kane will expect to top up his tally in the group stages at Euro 2020 with England 2/5 favourites to win Group D, which also contains Croatia (3/1), Czech Republic (12/1) and Scotland (16/1).
Southgate’s side will be favourites in each of their games, which are scheduled to take place at Wembley, and Tottenham’s talisman is therefore 5/1 to top the goalscoring charts come the end of the tournament.
WC 2018 Golden Boot Winner
Indeed, he is already a World Cup Golden Boot winner and considering he takes England’s penalties, it’s quite clear why bookmakers have earmarked him for favouritism in the wildly popular top scorer market.
Romelu Lukaku is Kane’s closest contender in the eyes of the odds as the Belgian forward, who has an impressive 57 goals in 89 appearances for his country – a national record.
The Inter Milan striker has enjoyed a new lease of life since leaving Manchester United and with Belgium facing Denmark, Finland and Russia in Group B he is expected to hit the ground running when Euro 2020 finally gets up and running.
We asked former England international Emile Heskey who his money would be on if he was to bet on the top scorer at Euro 2020 and the former striker - who went to four major tournaments with the Three Lions - picked Lukaku, who he believes is underrated in world football.
“He’s got a phenomenal goalscoring record," Heskey told bookmakers.co.uk. "I don’t think he gets enough respect for what he’s actually achieved in the game and the goals he’s scored and how he’s scored them.
“I think people within football do have that respect for him but I’m not sure if those on the outside looking in have quite the same respect.
“He’s not just a goalscorer – he’s brilliant at holding the ball up and bringing players into the game. But I fancy him to be top scorer because of his record.”
Meanwhile, France and England are joint-favourites (7/2) to win the tournament, according to multiple betting apps, and therefore Kylian Mbappe is third favourite in the top scorer betting at 9/1.
Indeed, Betfair make Cristiano Ronaldo joint third favourite at 9/1 but it’s worth noting that Portugal are 6/1 outsiders to win the tournament’s group of death – Group F which also features France and Germany as well as rank outsiders Hungary.
Top Scorer Outsiders
Big outsiders to keep tabs on include Robert Lewandowski, a 25/1 chance given Poland’s low expectations. That won’t stop the Bayern Munich striker from fancying his chances against Slovakia, Sweden and Spain in Group E though and Lewandowski is arguably the best No.9 in world football right now.
Meanwhile, Ciro Immobile is sure to attract plenty of interest at 25/1. The Lazio striker doesn’t have the best international record with just 10 goals in 42 games but he’s been consistent in Serie A across five consecutive seasons now and can expect to lead the line for dark horses Italy (14/1).
As for England’s chances of winning next summer’s tournament, Heskey is unconvinced following their recent performances, losing to Denmark and Belgium in two of their last four competitive games, although he sympathises with Southgate’s task of trying to integrate new players.
He said: “Whenever you go in to the national team, whether it’s a friendly or a competitive match, you want to go and win – losing to Belgium won’t have felt good, but then there’s no shame in losing to the best ranked team in international football.
“But with England you go out on to the pitch with the notion that you can beat anyone because you know what you’re capable of. I think Gareth will be disappointed with how things went but he’ll go back to the drawing board and hopefully we’ll crack on.”