Harry Kane leads England into World Cup 2018 knockouts

Captain Kane scores a hat-trick as England ease past hapless Panama to reach the knockout round at Russia 2018.

    Harry Kane leads England into World Cup 2018 knockouts
    Kane (left) became the third England player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

    Harry Kane struck a hat-trick as England marched into the round of 16 of the World Cup after with a record 6-1 win over a woeful Panama in their World Cup Group G match.

    Sunday's result, a record win for England in a World Cup match, means England qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare, along with Belgium who also have six points. Tournament debutants Panama are eliminated along with Tunisia.

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

    A Stones header from a well-worked free-kick routine and a second Kane penalty gave them a 5-0 lead going into the break. 


    The England captain, 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 became just the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

    Panama pulled a goal back in the 78th minute through Felipe Baloy - the Central American nation's first goal at a World Cup. 

    SOURCE: Reuters news agency


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