Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young react to England 6 Panama 1


Gareth Southgate's men secured England's biggest-ever World Cup win and scored five by half-time, leaving Panama boss Gomez fearing just how bad things could get as England comfortably dealt with their rough-house tactics.

"We don't want to be thinking too far into things and getting caught up in all that sort of stuff".

The England striker grabbed the game ball and kept it in his grasp after scoring a hat trick in his team's 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday (Monday NZT).

England's hero against Panama was Harry Kane, who joined Geoff Hurst (1966) and Gary Lineker (1986) as the only Englishmen to score a hat-trick in a World Cup.

With Kane locked up by the physical defence, the tall centre-backs took center stage and Stones found the back of the net twice against Panama.

The third goal was "probably one of the luckiest ones of my career, " he said. He was credited with a third in the 62nd minute, although it was a fortunate deflection off him that wrong-footed Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

They are opportunities to score goals, no matter who the opposition are.

After the game, RT special guest host Schmeichel, who himself had a stellar club and worldwide career, including wining the Champions League with Manchester United and European Championship with Denmark, praised the prolific England and Tottenham striker.

Kane has scored a tournament-leading five goals at the World Cup in Russian Federation, one more than Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

However, Panama refused to lay down and were rewarded with a 78th moment that will go down in history - their first World Cup goal.

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Lingard bends in a beauty in from distance to make it 3-0 to England. "I just hope to continue it".

In their final group games on Thursday, Senegal will face Colombia in Samara while Japan plays Poland in Volgograd. Stones is wrestled to the ground and Kane will have a chance to make it five. England then earned their first penalty of the day when Roman Torres and Fidel Escobar combined to clumsily bring down Jesse Lingard. But in that, he had already scored a hat-trick that catapulted him to the top of the goals scored table in Russian Federation 2018.

He converted both penalties convincingly.

"He's there. He's up at the top". We won't swap him for anyone else in the tournament.

"We've definitely got to win and keep that winning run going".

18' Panama aren't afraid of attacking England here - plenty of reasons for them to be optimistic despite being behind. Stones was primed to follow-up, giving the defender his second.

Alasdair Hooper takes a look at what's working and what needs work for the Three Lions heading into their final group match vs joint Group G leaders Belgium. "Hopefully I can score more goals and help my team".

He said his cellphone was "blowing up" with messages after his goals.

"He hasn't got the personality of Ronaldo, Messi, or Neymar, he's a quiet lad and gets about his business".

Poland has already been knocked out of Group H, which means England could play Japan, Senegal or Colombia next.

As the team heads towards their Thursday clash with Belgium, Southgate commented: "I've heard talk of, 'Is it better to finish first or second?' I am not sure how we're going to work all of that out really so let's just go and enjoy the game again".