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LINEKER ... ENGLAND'S GOLDEN POACHER

Russia 2018

"I had a hat-trick and the world's a different place"

Most footballers tend to evolve during their playing days. As their bodies slow down, forwards generally drop deeper and midfielders sometimes slot into defence. However, Gary Lineker’s playing career was carved out in a pretty similar and consistent pattern throughout. His ability to sniff out a chance in the opposition penalty area was honed, perfected and maintained to such a standard that the man who claimed the adidas Golden Boot at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was still snatching poacher's goals up until his retirement almost a decade later.

Lineker’s evolution has come since hanging up his boots. He is now one of the most recognisable faces in British sports broadcasting, boasts a hefty social media presence, and the former Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona forward also helped conduct the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA.com sat down with the likeable Lineker to discuss his World Cup memories, reminisce about his first goal on the global stage and assess England’s chances in Russia.

Gary Lineker has evolved from a supreme penalty box poacher to a recognisable sports broadcaster and social media heavyweight. FIFA.com sat down with the man who helped conduct the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup to discuss his World Cup memories, reminisce about his first goal on the global stage and assess England’s chances in Russia.

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Harry Kane will be vital for England, there’s no question about that. He’s a terrific talent and all-round centre forward. We need him fresh and we need him fit.

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