England’s goal-scoring record in their recent World Cup outings doesn’t make for pleasant reading with just five scored in their last seven matches, however they have three excellent in-form forwards who could change this in Russia and give Gareth Southgate’s men hope that they can at least make it past the group stages of the tournament this time around. The question is, who will provide England with their most potent attacking threat?
We haven’t listed every single player capable of finding the net for the Three Lions, however we have picked out what we consider to be the best three bets in three different categories – Good Chance, Slim Chance and Wildcard.
England Top Scorer – Good Chance
Harry Kane – 5/4 with Bet365 Bookies
Unsurprisingly our ‘Good Chance’ candidate is none other than Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, the player virtually guaranteed to appear up front for each of England’s opening matches irrespective of what system Gareth Southgate decides to adopt. Kane banged in thirty goals in his Premier League campaign for Spurs this season with 41 across all competitions and whilst he struggled to make an impact at the 2016 European Championships, he will be determined to atone for this when he takes to the big stage in Russia this summer.
England Top Scorer – Slim Chance
Jamie Vardy – 8/1 with Bet365 Bookies
It’s likely that Leicester City star Jamie Vardy will be used as Gareth Southgate’s ‘Plan B’ option with his energetic and tenacious approach just what England will need at times. Vardy’s season at Leicester was excellent with the marksman providing the Foxes with 20 Premier League goals and while Southgate probably won’t kick-off the summer tournament by fielding two forwards, he may well decide to go with Vardy should he impress in the pre-tournament friendlies.
England Top Scorer – Wildcard
Jesse Lingard – 12/1 with Bet365 Bookies
Lingard was included in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans thanks to a superb run of form this term and he could make a start for the Three Lions in the opening group matches. Lingard’s opening goal for the England side came against the Netherlands earlier this year and he will certainly provide a major threat from midfield should he make the starting line-up. Lingard’s confidence has never been in doubt and the 25-year-old will certainly be in high spirits following his selection for the squad, especially so given that he banged in eight goals for Manchester United this season.