Kane pays tribute to England team-mates after golden boot triumph

England's Harry Kane has an attempt on goal saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic during the W

England's Harry Kane has an attempt on goal saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic during the World Cup semi-final match (pic: Tim Goode/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The Spurs striker finished the tournament in Russia as top goalscorer with six goals - two ahead of his nearest challengers

Harry Kane has acknowledged he could have done better with his chances in England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia, but accepts missed opportunities are part and parcel of being a striker.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward finished the World Cup as the top goalscorer and will eventually get his hands on the golden boot.

Kane netted six times in Russia with three of them from the penalty spot, but could have had more after he missed a couple of good opening during Three Lions 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra-time on Wednesday.

When reflecting on his own performances at the World Cup, he said: “You’re playing the best teams in the world at the end of the day, so you’re not going to get five or 10 chances a game. You have to take what you’re given.

“I’ve had a couple that I feel I could have done better with, especially in the semi-final, but that’s part of being a striker: you’re going to miss some and you’re going to score some.

“Set-plays are a big part of the game so if I score every goal from a set-play I’m not too bothered.”

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Although it wasn’t a perfect World Cup for Kane, he can take satisfaction from the fact he has another individual honour to his name.

The 24-year-old has won the Premier League Golden Boot on two occasions (2015/16 and 2016/17) and will add this World Cup Golden Boot to his other goalscoring accolades.

“It will go with the other two, the Premier League ones, I’m sure they’ll send it over in a nice secure package,” said the forward.

Kane had left Russia before the end of the tournament so wasn’t able to be presented with his Golden Boot and didn’t acknowledge his achievement until Monday.

When the forward landed back in England with the squad after the World Cup final had finished, he instead tweeted about how much he had enjoyed the tournament with the squad.

Yet on Monday, Kane tweeted: “I’m very proud to have won the World Cup Golden Boot, but it would not have been possible without my team-mates and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”

The Spurs forward would no doubt have rather returned as a world champion, but can be proud of his achievements in Russia and will look to be even better when the next edition returns in the winter of 2020.

Additional reporting by Press Association Sport.