For the first time in the tournament’s history, Euro 2020 travels across the continent this summer, but which players will be clocking up the air miles and staying in for the long haul when it comes to the race for the Golden Boot?
With Euro 2020 edging closer, here’s our look at the players most likely to light up the tournament this summer…
Euro 2020 Tips – Who Are The Early Golden Boot Contenders?
English fans up and down the country will have their fingers crossed that Spurs’ loss is Gareth Southgate’s gain as Kane continues his quest to declare himself fully fit for this summer’s tournament. Kane’s chances of a second consecutive Golden Boot in an international tournament could rest on the exact timing of his recovery.
The signals coming from North London seem positive, however, with a return to action next month now reportedly his aim. Penalties undoubtedly helped his cause at the 2018 World Cup in Russia – with three spot-kicks helping bring his overall tally to six. Home backing in the latter stages could also help spur the England striker on – so it’s perhaps little surprise he’s so heavily fancied to top the scoring charts in the Euro 2020 betting ahead of this summer’s tournament.
The evergreen Portuguese star was distraught after limping out of Portugal’s Euro 2016 win – despite marshalling his troops from the sidelines – and may just feel he has unfinished business in this competition after being absent from the field of play for the greatest moment in his nation’s footballing history.
He might now be 35, but he’s still showing no signs of slowing up after breaking even more goalscoring records in Serie A this season. This could be his last hurrah – don’t rule him out signing off in style.
A third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup suggests the Belgian ‘Golden Generation’ are moving a step closer to finally achieving their full potential on the international stage. However, with several players now approaching or the wrong side of 30, time is running out.
At 26, striker Lukaku is very much at the peak of his powers and looks re-invigorated by his move into Italian football, scoring over 20 goals already this season. This could be his time to step up another gear.
The French hitman has been lighting up Ligue 1 and Europe for so long now, it’s easy to forget he’s still only 21. The PSG ace scored four goals in Russia as France claimed their second world title, but this could be the tournament where he really explodes on the international scene.
Much will depend on how France fare with a Group of Death that includes Portugal and Germany, which could see his goalscoring chances limited in the first week of the tournament.
It was close but no cigar for Griezmann in Russia as he finished as one of the runners-up to Harry Kane in the scoring charts with four goals – the same tally as teammate Mbappé.
It’s been a relatively low-key season by the Frenchman’s own high standards, with Griezmann still waiting to hit double figures in La Liga. Could he be saving his best form this summer?
The world is still waiting for Werner to explode on the international stage, but he’s enjoyed his best season in front of goal, closing in on the 30-goal mark for RB Leipzig before the start of spring. Germany face a daunting task in the group stages, but despite their World Cup flop in 2018, this team still has more than enough talent to make a serious impression on this summer’s tournament.
2018 proved you can write off the Germans – sometimes. With Werner leading the line, 2020 could be the year that proves you can’t for long.
Could Sterling outperform the Euro competition this summer? At 25, Raheem is approaching his prime and a glut of goals in the Euro 2020 qualification phase helped dispel any lingering doubts about his abilities as an out-and-out England goalscorer.
England meet familiar opposition in the form of the Czech Republic in the group stages, and the Man City star will be hoping for a repeat of his last performance against the Czechs at Wembley, where he sealed his first international hat-trick. The same again in the first week of June would surely propel him towards the front of the Euro 2020 Golden Boot betting.
He’s the most ruthless striker in European football, but the Bayern Munich hitman may have to do plenty of heavy lifting to drag underdogs Poland through a group that includes Spain and Sweden.
Nevertheless, this can be a low-scoring tournament when it comes to Golden Boot winners. Three goals were enough to claim the prize in 2012 – a tally that the 31-year old could practically achieve in his sleep in his current form. If Poland spring a surprise, he could be the value bet.
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