England's end-to-end FIFA World Cup 2018 dismantling of Panama gives hope

England's end-to-end FIFA World Cup 2018 dismantling of Panama gives hope

Kane sits proudly on top of the World Cup scoring charts with five goals in two games after following up his match-winning double against Tunisia with a hat-trick in Sunday's 6-1 rout of Panama.

There was still time for the Three Lions to bag their fifth of the game before the break, via yet another crisply taken Kane penalty after Stones was manhandled in the box at a corner. You want to keep that going right the way through the tournament.

"First time in a long time since we've seen a hat-trick from England player in the World Cup, delighted for Harry and the team", tweeted Hurst.

Kane now has a tournament-leading five goals at the World Cup in Russian Federation, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

According to most, the only chance that Panama has against England was if the former would get physical to throw off the Three Lions off their game.

David Beckham escaped punishment after admitting doing so playing for his country in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in 2004 in order to serve a suspension while he was injured. That's the most for any goal in the World Cup since 1966, said data providers Opta.

Things finally appear to be looking up for an England side who were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016 and eliminated with a game to spare at the 2014 World Cup.

It brought two goals from corners for Kane against Tunisia and another superb Tripper delivery led to Stones' first goal, Panama's defenders too interested in dragging Harry Maguire around than keeping an eye on the Manchester City defender.

True, England shouldn't get too carried away after beating a poor Central American side, but at the same time the last minnows they met in an global tournament, Iceland in the 2016 Euros, ended up beating them. And, at half-time (5-0 up), we talked about one more goal to be top of the group, that's why the goal at the end was disappointing.

Even in the first game, every time we got a corner it felt risky - and Tunisia knew it.




The 6-1 victory means England are in the last 16 along with Belgium, who they face on Thursday to decide who will top the Group G table. "It's not every time you go through after two games, so we're happy with that".

With a place in the last 16 assured England boss Gareth Southgate must be tempted to wrap his skipper in cotton wool on Thursday night - particularly with no apparent benefit to topping Group G.

Colombia's win in Kazan with goals from Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado sent Poland crashing out of the tournament.

In 1954, England got to the quarter finals and in "Italia 90" they got to the semi-finals.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman dedicated his side's crucial 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday to midfielder Carlos Sanchez after reports the midfielder received death threats for his red card in the earlier defeat to Japan.

Six minutes later, it was a done deal.

With much of the attention focused on Kane and players like Raheem Sterling, 25-year-old Jesse Lingard made his presence felt with what could be the best goal of the night for the Englishmen. He has 37 global goals in his career.

"I think they can see what we're trying to do and the way we're trying to play and that the players are enjoying their football". "Honda was moved from center to the wide side and he was very versatile at adapting to that position".

"To concede five goals in the first half, two penalties, two set-pieces, where England were very, very effective, well, what we did was try to avoid a bigger catastrophe".

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