It may be comforting at a time when his form and fitness are being questioned at home for Harry Kane to know that there are three countries where he is regarded as the world’s best footballer.
The breakdown of voting for Fifa’s “Best” awards, where Luka Modric was named men’s player of the year, shows that Kane was nominated by the coaches of Bahamas and Chinese Taipei and the media representative of Vanuatu.
The awards are voted for by national coaches, national team captains and selected media representatives, with the final 25 per cent of the vote coming from an online poll. Each coach, player or reporter picks their first, second and third choices, with Kane also being picked second by India’s English coach Stephen Constantine and the media representative of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
He was given the third vote by the captains of Bhutan, Dominica, the Cayman Islands, Malta and Zambia and the coaches of Burundi, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Jordan — plus media representatives of Guam and Switzerland.
The England captain did not pick up a single vote from coaches or players from the world’s top-50 ranked nations and only two from the top 100 (Zambia, ranked No 78, and India, No 97).
In his own choices, the World Cup golden boot winner nominated Cristiano Ronaldo first, Lionel Messi second and Mohamed Salah third.
Gareth Southgate picked Modric, Raphael Varane, and Eden Hazard. Varane was the first pick of Ronaldo, who picked his former Real Madrid team-mate Modric second and Antoine Griezman third, finding no room for Messi. The Argentina captain named Modric first, Kylian Mbappé second and Ronaldo in third. Modric picked Varane, Ronaldo and then Griezmann.
Scotland captain Charlie Mulgrew picked De Bruyne, then Salah and Modric; Ashley Williams, the Wales captain, picked Modric, Mbappé and Eden Hazard; Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis picked Salah, Modric and Ronaldo and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman picked Modric, Ronaldo and Messi.