Published: Wed, June 27, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kane fires England to World Cup knockout stage

Kane fires England to World Cup knockout stage

The result also confirmed Belgium's qualification for the knockout stage and means Panama exit the tournament alongside Tunisia.

"It's coming home, it's coming home" - will the nation be chanting those words in three weeks' time?

It's a sign of how much England have progressed under Gareth Southgate that they ruthlessly despatched a weak opponent, although Panama did have the consolation of scoring their first World Cup goal when 37-year-old Felipe Baloy netted late on. Even locals were supporting the team in Nizhny Novgorod, despite the bitter diplomatic relations between Russian Federation and Britain. Both have six points and identical goal difference and goals scored.

Harry Kane (centre) scored a World Cup hat-trick as England thrashed Panama.

"Let's go and enjoy it again".

"As to our football, we've tried to play against England but there's a huge difference between our two teams".

England have played relative minnows before and have never previously put up a score like the 6-1 seen on Sunday.

They kept on trying till the last minute but it was England's game already.

His running forced the issue and won England's first penalty of the game, while he displayed real quality with his excellent strike. Stones was able to lose his marker to head home an easy goal after just eight minutes into the game.

In 1954, England got to the quarter finals and in "Italia 90" they got to the semi-finals. "More than anything I think for the guys who aren't in the team tomorrow or who haven't been in the team for either game".

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Harry Kane scored a hat-trick against Panama to become the tournament's leading scorer.

Kane, substituted to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans, was the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

For Panama, the Central America country harvested the first World Cup finals goal in its second match.

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

But the goal-fest against Panama will not have Southgate getting ahead of himself.

Kane was dragged to the deck from a corner as they employed grappling techniques UFC fighters would be proud of, but Hernan Dario Gomez's side forgot to mark Stones and the Manchester City centre-back headed home his first global goal.

Harry Kane had the ball within seconds of the referee pointing to the spot, settling all - if any - doubts as to who was going to take the penalty.

The fourth goal was the culmination of a well-worked free kick with Sterling's close-range header parried by goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. They also had chances from set plays themselves, England appearing less reliable in their own box than at the other end. But it is his movement off the ball which is really proving crucial for the Three Lions. 3.

In 1982, Hungary beat El Salvador 10-1; in 1974 Yugoslavia beat Congo 9-0 and in 1954, Hungary beat South Korea 9-0 as well.

"We were ruthless in front of goal", Southgate said. So England weren't THAT good yesterday!

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