England 6-1 Panama: 5 big talking points from Nizhny Novgorod

England 6-1 Panama: 5 big talking points from Nizhny Novgorod

England 6-1 Panama: 5 big talking points from Nizhny Novgorod

They secured progress to the knockout phase with a thrilling World Cup win that will live long in the memory as Kane's hat-trick complemented John Stones' brace and a Jesse Lingard stunner against shambolic Panama.

Kane became only the third England player to score a World Cup hat-trick after Roger Hunt in 1966 and Gary Lineker in 1986.

The Tottenham striker bagged his third after a 61st minute shot by Ruben Loftus-Cheek hit his foot and bounced in.

England and Belgium face the peculiar prospect of finishing dead level in Group G. After two matches, they both have six points, a goal difference of +6 and eight goals to boot.

It was the second hat-trick of the World Cup with Ronaldo having put the ball past David De Gea three times in Portugal's opening fixture.

"We wouldn't swap him for any other No. 9 in the tournament, such is his ability to take chances", the coach said. "Their approach to training and the intensity of it meant that we were ready for this game".

Manager Gareth Southgate has said England will not play for second place in Group G, even though it would nearly certainly put them in the easier half of the draw.

A victor of 57 England caps as a player, Southgate has earned rave reviews for creating a more relaxed and open environment between players, press and fans.

"Just before half-time the game was done today, so it was a very, very unusual feeling watching the second half, just trying to encourage the players to keep professional in the way that they played and be a top team by being ruthless".

"We knew before the game it would be aggressive, and they'd do everything they could to stop us".

England and Belgium go into their Group G game on Thursday with identical records, meaning that fair play points could decide who is the victor of the group.

TSN soccer analyst Terry Dunfield said he thinks the English side could be primed to break out in a big way Sunday if they can keep the pressure and pace on Panama. If you want to achieve anything in life you have to believe. "We have got some decisions to make because the harmony of the group is important to me". "We keep going. #WorldCup #ThreeLions" he tweeted.

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