England advances with 6-1 win v Panama

England and Panama will face each other in the World Cup Group G match on Sunday

True, England shouldn't get too carried away after beating a poor Central American side, but at the same time the last minnows they met in an worldwide tournament, Iceland in the 2016 Euros, ended up beating them.

There are plenty of other reasons to be positive about the Three Lions at the moment.

"First time in a long time since we've seen a hat-trick from England player in the World Cup, absolutely delighted for Harry and the team", tweeted Hurst.

Maybe the most frightening thing for England fans, who have supposedly learned to lower their World Cup expectations after so many disappointments, is actually true. So England weren't THAT good yesterday! Kane has outdone all of them with the exception of Gary Lineker in 1986, who topped the goalscoring charts with six goals. The most important thing is winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that's the ideal situation.

Gómez, who spent most of the day standing in the coach's box with his arms folded, tried to shed a sliver of positive light on the afternoon.

"So it was a very odd feeling watching the second half, encouraging the boys to stay professional and continue being so ruthless".

England are unbeaten in their last 12 internationals. However, Stones was on the spot to make a header and scored again.

Veteran Honda, 32, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye. The ball skittered past a helpless Penedo and into the Panama net. Kane was dragged to the deck by Godoy and took delight in firing home the resulting spot-kick. "That's the luck of it".

Harry Kane netted a hat-trick as England thrashed Panama 6-1 in an emphatic victory in World Cup Group G at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Kane scored another penalty just before halftime.

However, once you reach the tournament, you would hope for a better showing than conceding eight goals and scoring one in two thumpings to start the group stages.

Southgate's men have also scored the most goals in this tournament so far, equal with Russian Federation.

[On his team's discipline, in the face of some provocation] We talked about that being a challenge in this game.

Now qualified for the second round, England are looking beyond Thursday's game against Belgium in Kaliningrad. A soft one, but Kane will have the chance to make it 2-0 to England.

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The more rational of England fans might say "it was only Panama", but no-one can fault the Three Lions who were sharp, clinical and beat what was in front of them with consummate ease.

49' It's been a slow start to the second half, with Panama taking a more conservative approach to proceedings. We just have to stick together and keep to our game plan.

Sceptics might toss darts at the team. He even said from his point of view, the game was done when the first half ended.

Panama pulled a goal back in the 78th minute through Felipe Baloy - the Central American nation's first goal at a World Cup.

"In the last World Cup, Brazil that have won five times, got beaten 7-1". That is the nature of the global game, since defence depends so much on teamwork and timing, and national teams only spend about 30 days together in any given year. "Not many players get to score a hat trick in a World Cup".

"You have to believe", Kane said when asked if England can go all the way and lift the trophy.

"I congratulated him", the Panama boss said with a smile.

David Beckham escaped punishment after admitting doing so playing for his country in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in 2004 in order to serve a suspension while he was injured.

As soon as the match was over, Panama's players gathered in the middle of the field, knelt and hugged each other while they prayed.

Disappointed Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said his team's level had dipped since their opening victory over Poland.

But Southgate said: "We would want to keep momentum and keep progressing as a team".

"We have to enjoy this".

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