England break record in win over Panama

Kane looks to keep England rolling vs. Panama on Day 11 at World Cup - Article

Gary Lineker's tweet after Harry Kane's emphatic penalty summed it up

There is no denying it, England did the business and then some in their second game of the 2018 World Cup this afternoon.

Harry Kane and John Stones both scored twice and Jesse Lingard also found the back of the net with a stunning strike from distance before the break.

Runners-up Germany made a statement early, with all-time World Cup scoring record holder Miroslav Klose, in the first of his four tournament appearances, netting two goals in quick succession before securing the hat trick in the 70th minute.

She said: "We have been under pressure for some time so having good weather - which always encourages people to visit the pub - combined with terrific performances on the pitch from England is very welcome".

9 - At the end of a week in which he handled the teacup-sized storm of "teamsheet-gate" maturely, Southgate was vindicated for making no more changes to his starting XI than were necessary.

With the country's most one-sided World Cup victory, England advanced to the last 16 with a game to spare. If you want to achieve anything in life you have to believe.

Southgate was speaking at the press conference after his England side thrashed minnows Panama 6-1 in their Group G game at Nizhny Novgorod Arena.

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England top the group on fair play, meaning they only need a draw against Belgium to stay top, so long as they do not pick up more bookings in the final group game.

'Clinical is what we were asking for and they've done that and they've been fantastic to a man.

Although Gareth Southgate's team is certain to come against tougher opponents than Panama, it would take a heart of stone not to allow English fans indulge quite such a convincing win.

Though limited in ability, Panama's forwards did get into space behind England several times, showing that even if they do have Kane up front, plenty of work is still needed in defence.

MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 7 - Impressed in his first competitive England start, playing a role in England's first and last goals and shuttling up and down the right of the midfield diamond despite suffering a number of hard fouls.

Stones' opening goal was his first career worldwide tally, but the defender was tempered by allowing Panama to score their first-ever World Cup goal in the second half.

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