Son Heung-Min backs Harry Kane to become first player to retain World Cup Golden Boot

Son Heung-Min backs Harry Kane to become first player to retain World Cup Golden Boot

Son Heung-Min backs Harry Kane to become first player to retain World Cup Golden Boot as South Korea captain calls Spurs team-mate ‘one of the best strikers in the world’ .

Son Heung-Min backed Harry Kane to become the first player to retain the World Cup Golden Boot.

Kane won the award at the tournament in 2018, scoring six goals in Russia as Gareth Southgate led the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

However, despite a draw in England’s win over Iran in their Group B opener, Son believes the 29-year-old is capable of making history in Qatar.

Son Heung-Min (right) backed Spurs team-mate Harry Kane to win the World Cup Golden Boot

Son Heung-Min (right) backed Spurs team-mate Harry Kane to win the World Cup Golden Boot

Kane scored six times, all in the group stage, as England reached the semi-finals of the competition

Kane scored six times, all in the group stage, as England reached the semi-finals of the competition

Kane would become the first player to retain the prestigious accolade if he could replicate his goalscoring form in Qatar.

Kane would become the first player to retain the prestigious accolade if he could replicate his goalscoring form in Qatar.

“Obviously we’re good friends and I’ve spoken to him about what’s going on – but I’ll keep that conversation to myself,” the South Korean captain explained.

“Of course, I hope he’s okay. He should be at this tournament. He can show everyone that he is one of the best strikers in the world. I wish him all the best and hope he wins the Golden Boot.

Six players, including Kane’s England team-mate Bukayo Saka, currently top the competition’s Golden Boot standings with two goals.

Despite two assists in England’s first group game, Kane failed to get on the scoresheet and suffered a knock as Gareth Southgate’s side kicked off their Champions League campaign world off to a good start.

Kane grabbed two assists but failed to score in England's win over Iran on Monday

Kane grabbed two assists but failed to score in England’s win over Iran on Monday

Meanwhile, Son returned to action by donning a protective mask in South Korea's draw with Uruguay

Meanwhile, Son returned to action by donning a protective mask in South Korea’s draw with Uruguay

South Korean fans in attendance paid tribute to their captain by wearing similar masks

South Korean fans in attendance paid tribute to their captain by wearing similar masks

However, the England talisman has returned to training ahead of the game against the United States and will look to add to his 51 international goals at Al Bayt Stadium on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Son opened his tournament as South Korea captain in a 0-0 draw with Uruguay on Thursday.

The 30-year-old played in a protective mask after sustaining a fractured orbital bone in Tottenham’s Champions League draw with Marseille earlier this month.

South Korean fans in attendance donned replica masks to pay tribute to their 30-year-old captain in his first appearance after undergoing surgery.

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