Golden Boot: Harry Kane takes prize at 2018 World Cup

Kane finished on six goals

Harry Kane celebrates his second goal against Panama
Image: Harry Kane scored a hat-trick against Panama

England's Harry Kane finished as top scorer at Russia 2018 to win the World Cup Golden Boot.

The Tottenham forward's six-goal haul proved insurmountable as his nearest rivals fell short in a final that saw France sweep aside Croatia 4-2.

Kane scored a brace in England's Group G opener against Tunisia before netting a hat-trick against Panama and scoring a penalty as Colombia were overcome in the last 16.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates after France take a 4-1 lead
Image: Kylian Mbappe scored in the World Cup final but just fell short of Kane

Kane failed to score in England's last three matches in Russia, but his tally was still two clear of a group of five players that included winners Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Gary Lineker is the only previous Englishman to win the Golden Boot, having also managed six goals during the 1986 World Cup.

Lineker said on Twitter: "Congratulations to @HKane on winning the golden boot. Welcome to the club, young man."

Romelu Lukaku wheels away from goal after doubling Belgium's lead
Image: Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo went close

Other previous winners include Portugal's Eusebio (1966), Italy's Paolo Rossi (1982), Brazil's Ronaldo (2002) and Colombia's James Rodriguez (2014).

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In the event of a tie - such as in 1962 and 1994 - the winner is decided by assists, then minutes per goal but this time Kane was clear at the top.

Golden Boot: World Cup top scorers

Name (country) Goals Assists
Harry Kane (England) 6 0
Antoine Griezmann (France) 4 2
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) 4 1
Denis Cheryshev (Russia 4 0
Kylian Mbappe (France) 4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 4 0
Artem Dzyuba (Russia) 3 2
Eden Hazard (Belgium) 3 2
Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) 3 1
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) 3 1
Diego Costa (Spain) 3 0
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) 3 0
Yerry Mina (Colombia) 3 0
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