England romp past Panama and into last 16
England progress in style and leave Group G all but settled
Panama celebrate first-ever World Cup goal
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England hit a brittle Panama side for six to seal qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ knockout stage, a result that booked Belgium's Round of 16 berth too while eliminating Los Canaleros and Tunisia. Only top spot in Group G will be on the line when the Three Lions and Red Devils do battle next time out.
Gareth Southgate's team once again showcased their dead-ball prowess: two of their goals were penalties and a further two were headers from a corner and free-kick respectively. As for the Panamanians, they knew in advance that they would have to be clinical to stand any chance of getting something out of the game. Instead, they spurned the first two opportunities of the match and then promptly capitulated, finding themselves 2-0 down shortly after.
John Stones headed home a brace, while Harry Kane hit the tournament's second hat-trick so far, twice converting convincingly from the spot and then completing his treble when a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot flicked off him and be diverted into the net.
Despite taking a pummelling, Panama also had grounds to celebrate when they scored their first-ever World Cup goal courtesy of a fine finish from 12 yards from Felipe Baloy.
Team Reporter Analysis Laure James with England [Follow: Twitter] After just two matches at Russia 2018, England have already broken records. The Three Lions had never scored more than four goals in a World Cup match before, but had already helped themselves to five before the break against Panama. Moreover, following his double against Tunisia, Harry Kane's hat-trick moved him top of the tournament's scoring charts. It was a great all-round performance that set pulses racing among the England supporters, who will be heartened to see the goals being spread around the team.
Gallery: England 6-1 Panama
England v Panama: Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring a penalty
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 24: Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring a penalty for his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
England v Panama: Felipe Baloy of Panama celebrates
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 24: Felipe Baloy of Panama celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Samuel McCollin with Panama [Follow: Twitter] Panama's World Cup dream went somewhat sour in this second match. Following a lively start, the team were guilty of putting the game on a plate for England with their defensive errors. It was a harsh lesson for Los Canaleros in their second World Cup encounter, but they ended it on a high by celebrating their first-ever goal at the competition.
Budweiser Man of the Match With his hat-trick and the way that he led from the front, it is hard to look past Harry Kane. Today's display reinforces his credentials as a contender for the adidas Golden Boot, which will be awarded to the tournament's leading scorer.
The stat 32 - Gary Lineker was the last England player before Kane to notch more than one goal in consecutive World Cup matches, 32 years ago. At Mexico 1986, Lineker followed up a hat-trick against Poland with a brace against Paraguay.
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