Match of the Day - - Golden Boot -

Brazil were when they hosted the World Cup in 2014? And re­mem­ber how they still man­aged to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals de­spite be­ing so bad? Well, that was to­tally down to Ney­mar, who scored four goals be­fore his tour­na­ment was ended by in­jury! World Cup warm-up Ney was the joint-third high­est scorer in Ligue 1 last term and got the most as­sists!


He’s cur­rently on 54 goals for Brazil – at 26 years old he has plenty of time to catch th­ese three leg­ends!

“It’s a huge tour­na­ment for Harry be­cause of what hap­pened to him and Eng­land two years ago at Euro 2016. He cer­tainly won’t be tak­ing any cor­ners at this tour­na­ment! He’s an­nounced him­self to every­one around Eu­rope, and now is his chance to make a name for him­self glob­ally. He’ll go into the tour­na­ment with con­fi­dence af­ter scor­ing 41 goals for Tot­ten­ham!”

“I was 15 when Gary Lineker scored all those goals and won the Golden Boot in 1986. I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘I want a piece of that, I want to do that’ – and then I was able to be a part of it in 1998, so my dream came true!”

“Gabriel Je­sus! He’ll go

into the tour­na­ment fresh be­cause he’s not played much this year. He’s young, en­er­getic and is a big player who can score all sorts of goals!”

“If I was Gareth South­gate, I’d just write this tour­na­ment off. We re­al­is­ti­cally haven’t got what it takes. I’d say this is all about ex­pe­ri­ence and play­ing lots of young play­ers. You never know with knock­out com­pe­ti­tions – you can get lucky, but we haven’t got the world-class play­ers you need to ac­tu­ally be favourites. We will have, though, in four or six years’ time!”

“They’ve got a lot of good foot­ballers who keep the ball, with bags of ex­pe­ri­ence. France have got a chance if they can get a to­geth­er­ness and sys­tem that suits them. Brazil have fire­power, but I just don’t like their sys­tem with three hold­ing mid­field­ers!”

“It went bonkers when we made the semi-fi­nal at Italia ’90. Peo­ple say they don’t care about the Eng­land team, but they will. It will be in­sanely won­der­ful and then heart­break­ing! You get through the group, though, and you’re only three matches from the fi­nal. You can get lucky – you never know!”

Neyma r goal­sand bagged 13 19 in­ligue as­sists 1last­term!




Be­fore in­jury, Ney was lead­ing the Golden Boot race in 2014. It’s time to fin­ish what he started!

Alan Shearer IN FOUR YEARS’ TIME, ENG­LAND WILL BE READY... IF I HAD TO PICK A WIN­NER, I WOULD CHOOSE SPAIN… IF ENG­LAND WIN THE WORLD CUP IT WILL GO BONKERS… IN­TER­VIEW SPE­CIAL! Fi­fa­world­cup2018is­liveon­theb­b­cacross Tv,ra­dioan­don­lines­tart­ing14june

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