England clobbers Panama with 6-1 win

England are a win away from the last 16

England are a win away from the last 16

Yet this, in 30C heat, was England's biggest win in a World Cup. A former England worldwide, he has been around long enough to know that most of the battle in soccer is creating quality chances, and if a team's players are as world class as England's are, eventually those attempts will start to hit the back of the net.

At the end of the first half, another penalty was awarded to England as Kane was pulled down inside the box.

An issue that came to the fore most evidently in Euro 2016, questions over the Three Lions' ability to beat lower-grade opposition meant there was some doubt over whether they would coast past Tunisia and Panama with the comfort and control anticipated.

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

The Three Lions are basking in the afterglow of a record-breaking win in sweltering Nizhny Novgorod, where early progress to the knockout phase was sealed with a comprehensive win against shambolic Panama. After his hat-trick, the England captain now leads the running for the tournament's Golden Boot for the highest scorer, with five.

England's forward Harry Kane who scored a hat-trick holds the match ball at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018. That gives him more World Cup goals than he has in 122 games in the Premier League, where he has scored only once.

On Saturday Belgium's Romelu Lukaku became the first player to score multiple goals in successive World Cup games since a certain Diego Maradona.

Instead, it was a consolation goal against an England team which had put in a good performance.

Five minutes before half time Stones grabbed himself a second before Panama's "unique" defending allowed Kane to fire in a fifth from the spot.

However, Panama were not prepared to exit their maiden tournament without scoring a goal and veteran player Felipe Baloy scored after latchning onto a free kick taken by Avila in the 77th minute.

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Panama, beaten by Belgium 3-0 in the opening game, finally had something to celebrate, briefly.

Four years ago, England failed to win a match at the World Cup and was eliminated in the group stage.

The in-form Tottenham striker bagged his third after a 61st minute shot by Ruben Loftus-Cheek hit his foot and bounced over despairing Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

Japan and Senegal drew 2-2 and remain in charge of their own destiny in a tightly-contested group H.

Kane on Panama's physical approach: "We knew it would be an aggressive game, they'd do everything they could to stop us".

It is so valuable to have a threat like that and it has left teams fearing us whenever we stand over a dead ball near their area.

Those who couldn't make it to Russian Federation gathered at Panama City's Rommel Fernandez Stadium, named for the former national team striker whose club career included stints with numerous Spanish clubs. 'I've heard talk of, 'Is it better to finish first or second?' I am not sure how we're going to work all of that out really so let's just go and enjoy the game again.

Before the first game I said I wanted to see them embrace this tournament and it does look like they are having great fun.

With Kane locked up by the physical defence, the tall centre-backs took center stage and Stones found the back of the net twice against Panama.

The 32-year-old Honda also scored at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

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