Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

England thrash Panama to move into last 16

England thrash Panama to move into last 16

In just two World Cup appearances, the Tottenham striker now has as many World Cup goals as Lionel Messi after backing up his double to beat Tunisia with the first World Cup hat-trick from an Englishman since Gary Lineker in 1986.

England's forward Harry Kane (2ndR) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's sixth goal during 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.

Job done, Kane made way for Jamie Vardy for most of the second half, able to reflect on the biggest win of the tournament so far, England's biggest in any World Cup, and long-overdue ecstasy for the travelling English fans.

Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick.

England top the group on fair play, meaning they only need a draw against Belgium to stay top, so long as they do not pick up more bookings in the final group game.

"The boys, from the goalkeeper to the forward line, were fantastic, the boys that came on were fantastic", Young said.

So if you had two incredibly cynical managers in charge of England and Belgium, both teams could play for a goalless draw and try to get their entire team, plus substitutes if required, booked, in an attempt to swerve the favourites.

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

"It would be nice for us to be talked about in a positive way and we've just got to keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard in training".

England's biggest-ever World Cup win, which included two penalties by Kane then a deflection off his heel, also guaranteed Belgium's berth in the next round.

It's a World Cup and everyone is fighting for their lives. "It's not something I thought I'd do at the start of the day. I think we were a little bit anxious at the beginning".

Marco Reus brought Germany level early in the second half after Sweden had taken a surprise first half lead, but they had to wait until the 95th minute of the game to see Toni Kroos curl home a superb shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area.

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