Harry Kane: 'It's all coming together for England' after Panama rout

Jo Caldwell
June 25, 2018

Kane's hat-trick took his tally to five goals at the World Cup, which in itself is another England record - no other England player had previously scored more than three at a World Cup group stage - and the striker is now the clear favourite at [3.3] to be the Top Tournament Goal Scorer.

After their last-gasp 2-1 victory against Tunisia on Monday, Gareth Southgate's side were looking to make it two wins from two.

However, it could be more favourable for the runners-up in Group G, who could face a quarterfinal against, for instance, Mexico or Switzerland rather than winners of Brazil vs. Germany. The final Group B matches will be at 1am - Iran vs Portugal and Spain vs Morocco.

Only one English player - Lineker with 10 - now has more World Cup goals than Kane, who has swiftly moved to five goals. More than half the Belgium squad play their club football in England and, according to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, this is another an important consideration.

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Similar scenes were witnessed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, even after they were defeated 2-1 by Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast. Every player played to their best, especially in the second half.

For England fans, the pain of losing to Iceland in the 2016 European Championships and a first-round exit without a win at the 2014 World Cup, was finally slipping away.

He even managed to douse the flames of the first media storm of England's World Cup on the eve of the Panama match - over whether journalists should reveal his team selections by recognising the press should not be cheerleaders.

England's captain became the tournament top-scorer with his fifth goal in two games on a hot afternoon in Nizhny Novgorod in which they comfortably qualified for the last 16 by dismantling their opponents. "We have been working on set pieces and working on the way we play and it is all coming together".

"Fantastic to be through and to do it this way is brilliant".

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Substitute Felipe Baloy rewarded them with snared a consolation goal in the 78th minute, sliding home a free kick that was Panama's first goal in their debut World Cup.

"I didn't particularly like the performance!"

England are now above Belgium in the table as they have two yellow cards (-2) to Belgium's three (-3).

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With temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius, two-time world champions Uruguay and Saudi Arabia got off to a cautious start. Even though they were defeated and are now out of the World Cup , they can at least take pride in their performance.

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