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England and Panama fans party until dawn

England and Panama fans party until dawn

Four years ago, England failed to win a match at the World Cup and was eliminated in the group stage.

Lingard scored the game's best goal in the 36th minute, a 20-yard curling shot past a helpless Jaime Penedo, then Stones added his second four minutes later, another header, following an intricate England free-kick. The goal was an example of Kane's precision and clinical acumen.

"I was pleased the captain got his hat trick because it meant he had the hump less when I brought him off because I know the importance for him of scoring goals". He has now joined Gary Lineker in 1986 vs Poland and Geoff Hurst in 1966 vs West Germany in achieving this feat.

Could he become the third England player ever to score a hat-trick in the World Cup finals?

"We will send a protest to FIFA", Slavisa Kokeza said, unhappy a German referee was in charge of the fixture.

Asked how Kane compared to the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Southgate said the Tottenham man was on par in terms of pure striking ability.

The 24-year-old has made no secret of his desire to establish his reputation alongside players such as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at this tournament.

The only blot on the copybook was a late Panama goal, meaning that England go into their final Group G game deadlocked with Belgium at the top of the table. The manager spent the entirety of England's 2002 World Cup campaign unused by Sven-Göran Eriksson and, despite too many changes potentially disrupting rhythm, is reluctant to put his fringe players through similar frustration. I just thought we were a little anxious at the start.

"This kid has worked so hard at his game that he's an example to any young player who gets a few knocks and questions whether they can make it".

Even the cool, calm and collected figure of Gareth Southagate is getting ahead of himself.

England's thumping 6-1 win over Panama was as routine as they come wasn't it?

England will now play Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with the victor of that match advancing from the group in first place.

"If it's going to be 10-0 and Raheem Sterling doesn't score, then he's got selection issues", said Barrie.