Now two goals clear in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, Harry Kane has done everything he can out in Russia in ordered to be considered the world’s best player in his position.
There is a general consensus that the six-goal Three Lions captain is England’s only world class player; there certainly aren’t many other players in the squad who would be in any reasonable discussion over being the best in the world in their given role.
Kyle Walker may squeak into the conversation, because of the dearth of world-class right-backs but it is the Manchester City man’s shift inside to centre-back under Gareth Southgate that has allowed Kieran Trippier to blossom this summer.
Trippier has been among England’s outstanding performers throughout the tournament and there can be little doubt that he has been the best right-sided defender on show out in Russia.
Against Colombia, he was again a menace from right wing-back, and showed impressive mental fortitude to volunteer to take a penalty after he was at fault – by his own admission – for Yerry Mina’s late equaliser.
He will have to do it on a more consistent basis for Tottenham to truly warrant a place among the world’s elite, but Trippier has stepped up through the levels rapidly out in Russia.