World Cup rout for England over Panama

Sherman Parsons
June 25, 2018

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

Kane's hat-trick was completed in weird fashion in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected off the English captain's heel into the net.

Kane's treble and two goals from John Stones, with Jesse Lingard also on the scoresheet, meant England joined Belgium on six points at the top of Group G ahead of the match between the two teams on Thursday.

Portugal's Ronaldo and Belgium's Lukaku have four goals apiece.

Wayne Rooney stands alone with the global goalscoring record after he netted 53 times throughout his worldwide career, but already the 24-year-old has 18 and is eyeing the record. "You don't get many opportunities to play in a game like that for England".

After displaying their character to seal a last-gasp win against Tunisia, England kept a cool head to deal with Panama's rough-house tactics in sweltering Nizhny Novgorod, emphatically adding the clinical edge Southgate had called for after Monday's game.

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"We've got to make sure that the players who haven't played as big a part feel valued", he said.

Colombia's World Cup campaign roared back into life with a 3-0 win over Poland in Group H on a sweltering evening at the Kazan Arena which sent the Poles tumbling out of the tournament. As things stand they top the group having had less yellow cards than Roberto Martinez's men this tournament, having scored and conceded the same amount of goals.

"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".

"I'm happy with how I played".

"This is their moment as a team because they've been together for a long time, they have great experience from the last World Cup and the European Championship".

England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday where victory would see them top Group G, but though finishing second could provide a more favourable route through the knockout stage, Neville urged Southgate's players to dismiss talk of the permutations and retain their focus. "We've got to keep it going but, yes, you have to believe".

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