Price Boost: Spurs’ ruthless scorer hiked for more England glory

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King Midas not only turned everything he touched to gold, but became so popular doing so that he had a city named after him. It wasn’t all rosy for the mythological Greek legend though, as he almost died from starvation by the same token.

At the rate Harry Kane is going, his England career isn’t far from following a similar path. After his three-touch steal of the show against Lithuania at Wembley his happy knack for goalscoring is sure to send him into the nation’s hearts, before a dry spell has him chastised and called for the chop.

For now though, the honeymoon period is definitely still in full swing, with the Tottenham striker sure to be included from the off against Italy on Tuesday night.

Thanks to his cameo appearance off the bench, where he headed his maiden international goal within 80 seconds of coming on, the Walthamstow wonder is bound to be a popular selection for first goalscorer bets in Turin.

Luckily for Ladbrokes customers, his price is going to receive a welcome boost, stretching out from 7/1 to an even more appealing 8s from the morning of the match.

Of his 30 goals for club and country this term, Kane has managed to fire in the first of the game just eight times. But, considering his ability to constantly make himself the story, opening the scoring against the Azzurri in his first senior start has a tinge of inevitability about it.

Only England skipper Wayne Rooney and Italian line leader Ciro Immobile are rated as better chances to open the scoring in the game than Kane’s pre-boosted 7/1 price, giving a clear indication of just how feared the young forward is.

With his odds set for an eye-catching boost he can guarantee a prolonged love-in with the English public should he help their first-goal punts land.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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