Who will be England's top scorer at the World Cup?

The England men's team will head into the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as one of the strongest sides in the competition. If they are to go all the way, they'll need to be good in the forward department, and they certainly have a lot of quality depth in that area of the pitch. England tends to switch between the back-three and back-four depending on the opposition but has consistently played a front-three under Gareth Southgate's management.

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Southgate has been relatively successful in his time as manager of the Three Lions, taking the club to a World Cup semi-final last time out, and getting achingly close to winning the Euros in 2021, but has been criticized for his conservatism.

That hasn't stopped Harry Kane, the captain of the English national side, from being the top goalscorer in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and ending his last Euros campaign with four goals (one behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrick Schick). Kane is a favourite once again on Betbuq, which is powered by sports betting platform providers PlaylogiQ, with odds of 7/1 of being England's top goalscorer at the World Cup.

Group stage: where England will score most

Just as vital in the goalscoring department in the last Euros was Raheem Sterling with his three goals, but the Chelsea man's starting berth isn't as certain this time around - he is given odds of 7/1 of being England's top scorer. However, Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and Manchester City's Phil Foden look like they'll be given the nod ahead of Sterling this time out.

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A team can only play a maximum of seven games in the World Cup, which is why one great game is enough to propel a player to the top of the goalscoring charts for their country. England is the strongest side in their group but will have to work really hard to get the points against the likes of Wales, the USA, and Iran.

If they make the knockouts, their path will not be easy with a lot of strong teams likely to qualify for the knockouts from their side of the draw. If England is going to score a lot of goals, chances are that most of them will come in the group stages.

No looking past Harry Kane

Bukaya Saka has scored four goals in the Premier League so far, Phil Foden has scored seven goals, whereas Harry Kane has scored 12. Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount will be expected to take up two of the midfield spots, and have an eye for goal as well, but it's hard to see past Kane being England's top scorer in this tournament.

He's on penalty duties, has a tremendous shot from the range with both feet, can head balls from crosses, and score tap-ins. No one else in the side scores goals of such variety, and he'll start all games unless an injury crops up. This might well be his last World Cup as well; he'll want it to be a memorable one.
Already at the age of seven, Joe Britton started playing football but gave up his own career already at the age of 15. Even though Joe didn't become a great soccer player himself, his interest remains strong to this day, and he also likes to write about both soccer and topics related to the sport. Although he tries to stay as neutral as possible, he has strong feelings for Sheffield United, Sheffield is also the city he lives in today.