England through to next round, thumped Panama 6-1

Harry Kane finally gets a hat-trick as England moves into the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup following a 6-1 win over a pathetic Panama side in their Group G game on Sunday.

The result now means England qualify for the knockout stage with a match left, along with Belgium who also have six points from two matches. World Cup debutants Panama are out along with Tunisia.

England were 5-0 up at halftime after taking full advantage of a weak Panamanian defense. A header from a corner by John Stones, a penalty from Kane and a beautiful strike from the edge of the rea by Jesse Lingard set them on their way.

A Stones header from a well-worked free-kick routine and another penalty by the England captain gave them a 5-0 lead going into the break.

Kane, who is now the tournament's top scorer with five goals, completed his hat-trick when a shot from Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected in off the Tottenham forward in the 62nd minute.

Kane is now the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match following Geoff Hurst in 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 World Cup.

The Central American nation pulled a consolatory goal back in the 78th minute through Felipe Baloy and that was Panama’s first goal at a World Cup.

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