By Joe Harker
England striker Harry Kane is the current leader in the race for the Golden Boot, the World Cup's award to the top goalscorer. His tally of six goals has him out in front of everyone else and as the number of teams left in the World Cup dwindles so too does the number of competitors.
Kane scored twice against Tunisia and netted a hat trick against Panama before scoring a penalty against Colombia. Three of Kane's goals have been penalties but they all count. He is likely to end the World Cup as the top English goalscorer as centre back John Stones is the only other player in the squad to score more than once.
Second place in the race for the Golden Boot is Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored two goals apiece against Panama and Tunisia in the group stages to take his tally to four. He is tied with Russian forward Denis Cheryshev and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo but both have been knocked out.
Of Lukaku's Belgian teammates, Eden Hazard has two goals while several other squad members only have one. Lukaku is Belgium's most likely candidate for the Golden Boot despite not scoring since the second game of the tournament.
In the French squad Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann have both scored three goals. A good performance from either of them in their last two games could put them in the driving seat for the Golden Boot. Mbappe has been one of the stars of the tournament and few would be surprised if he scored again.
France are seen as perhaps the strongest team left in the tournament and they will have to win two more games to live up to that billing. If they want to win games they will have to score more goals, so Mbappe and Griezmann will relish the chance to win the Golden Boot and the World Cup.
Croatia's top scorer at the World Cup is Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, though few would expect him to overhaul Kane's goal tally in two games. Several of their players have one goal to their name but it would take something like a hat trick in their semi final against England to propel any one of them into contention for the Golden Boot.
All four teams still in the World Cup have two games more to play, their semi final and the match that result will put them in. A win ensures their place in the final while defeat consigns them to the third place playoff. The race for the Golden Boot is still very much alive at this marvelous World Cup.