World Cup Betting: Captain Kane keeps England among tournament favourites

Gareth Southgate celebrating
Gareth Southgate enjoyed Harry Kane's winner
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A brace from Harry Kane, including a very late winner, carried England to a dramatic victory over Tunisia tonight. Joe Dyer has the betting headlines...

"Kane is now [8.0] to finish the tournament as top goalscorer, a market where Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite at [3.45]. Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku, both also on two goals, are [8.4] and [10.0]."

England were made to work hard by Tunisia in their World Cup opener but a late Harry Kane winner ensured they got off to a winning start.

The Spurs man, England's captain, scored twice in the match, his first after 11 minutes and his second after 91, and is a live contender in the Golden Boot betting.

In-play drama

The Three Lions were backed at [8.4] in-play on the Betfair Exchange with the game seemingly destined for a draw.

A late corner gave them their chance and a flick-on from the adventurous Harry Maguire was seized upon by Kane who flashed a header past the Tunisian keeper, Ben Mustapha, a first-half substitute for Mouez Hassen. The goal must have come as sweet relief for Kane who was wrestled to the ground on more than one occasion on England corners.

England had to work hard on the night against an opponent lacking ambition but who still managed to get on the scoresheet. A rare Tunisia foray saw Kyle Walker penalised for an elbow and Ferjani Sassi put a good spot kick past Jordan Pickford.

Gareth Southgate's side dominated possession throughout but struggled to carve out clear chances, especially so after the break. Substitutes Marcus Rashford, on for Raheem Sterling, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who replaced Dele Alli, both impressed and it will be interesting to see if Southgate changes the XI for the Panama game on Sunday afternoon.

Latest odds

Kane is now [8.0] to finish the tournament as top goalscorer, a market where Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite at [3.45]. Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku, both also on two goals, are [8.4] and [10.0].

Southgate's side are [13.5] to win the tournament with Brazil, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Argentina all shorter in the betting.

Belgium, who defeated Panama 3-0 earlier today, remain favourites to win Group G at [1.65] with England available to back at [2.52].

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