Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Harry Kane leads Panama demolition job to put England into last 16

Harry Kane leads Panama demolition job to put England into last 16

On the evidence of his first two World Cup games, he is relishing the free role he has been afforded by Gareth Southgate - of whom he's always been a firm favourite, right back from their time together in England's Under-21s - and has seamlessly translated his form in a United shirt onto the biggest of stages.

The Three Lions are playing pleasingly cohesive football across all areas of the pitch, and with multiple arrows in their quiver of ways to hurt an opposition defence, they have the power to do some damage in this competition.

After digging deep to see off Tunisia at the death of their Group G opener, England secured a win as impressive as it was comprehensive in putting shambolic Panama to the sword in sweltering Nizhny Novgorod.

While Kane was successfully netted yet another penalty strike in the goal post at the stoppage time of the first half and raising the score to five goals is to nil (5-0).

Henderson volleyed just wide, but Panama were looking to make history, with Michael Murillo and Torres having attempts before Baloy slid in to direct home a free-kick.

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.

In the 22nd minute of the match, Harry Kane made no mistake and perfectly executed the Penalty providing England lead of 2-0.

So far, so good though - and England can get back to work at their training base on the Gulf of Finland with last-16 qualification assured before their most hazardous group game and with confidence and national expectations soaring.

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

The size of Panama's defeat in Nizhy Novgorod has left some hopeful that it could mean England could go on to win the tournament for the first time since 1966, with others remaining cautious. John Stones scored the fourth goal for England in the 40 minute of the game. Apart from Lingard's peach, everything else came off a set-piece.

According to him, following England's 6-1 thumping of Panama in the World Cup on Sunday, quite a few fans lost the run of themselves.

England are totally spectacular, a lovely team.

62' GOAL! England 6-0 Panama - Kane has his hat trick and is now the outright leader for the golden boot.

'Very unusual because I think we probably at times played better the other night than we have done today, but today we were really ruthless in front of goal. We talked about the importance of one more goal to be top of the group, which is why the goal at the end is disappointing.

Paces slowed down in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

As it stands, the Three Lions are atop the group by fair play, as goals scored (eight) and goals against (two) are the same for both teams. "Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud".

England could afford to ease up and preserve energy but it cost the team first place on goal difference.

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

Senegal blew a chance to edge closer to the next phase when Japan twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw in an entertaining game in Yekaterinburg.

"I want to continue, the form I'm in, but whatever decision the gaffer makes we'll get behind", he said.

The South Americans, quarter-finalists four years ago in Brazil, will be sure of progressing from Group H if they beat Senegal on Thursday, while the world's eighth-ranked team Poland are eliminated.

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