England surpass class of 1966 in Panama rout

England surpass class of 1966 in Panama rout

England surpass class of 1966 in Panama rout

The Spurs ace followed up his double against Tunisia with another three goals for England as the Three Lions booked their place in the World Cup knockout stage with a resounding 6-1 win over Panama.

It was also only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored five or more goals in the first half.

The Tottenham striker bagged his third after a 61st minute shot by Ruben Loftus-Cheek hit his foot and bounced in.

Kane's treble and two goals from John Stones, with Jesse Lingard also on the scoresheet, meant England joined Belgium on six points at the top of Group G ahead of the match between the two teams on Thursday.

"To score my first goals for England was something special, especially at a World Cup".

"We wouldn't swap him for anyone at the tournament in terms of number nines". There's still a long way to go but the most important thing is to win matches.

"It's just the start of something good to come but we've just got to keep working and look forward to the next game".

So if you had two incredibly cynical managers in charge of England and Belgium, both teams could play for a goalless draw and try to get their entire team, plus substitutes if required, booked, in an attempt to swerve the favourites.

"It's an unbelievable feeling [to score in a World Cup] and even better that we won and we're top of the table".

Their previous best was four goals against West Germany in World Cup final 1996.

"It's fantastic, I'm extremely proud. It's not every time you go through after two games, so we're happy with that".

England went into half-time with a 5-0 lead and each team scored once in the second half, leading Southgate to say it was an odd game after the high emotions of Kane's late victor to beat Tunisia in their first game.

Brazil are on course to top Group E, while the world champions salvaged their campaign with a last-gasp win over Sweden on Saturday evening. If you want to achieve anything in life you have to believe.

TSN soccer analyst Terry Dunfield said he thinks the English side could be primed to break out in a big way Sunday if they can keep the pressure and pace on Panama.

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