Russia 2018: Harry Kane nets hat-trick as England crush Panama

Harry Kane during the Panama match.
Harry Kane during the Panama match.

England are through to the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after demolishing Panama, 6-1, on Sunday with Harry Kane netting a hat-trick in the game.

Kane became the third English player after Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker to score a hat-trick for the Three Lions at the World Cup, while John Stones added a brace of his own.

Jesse Lingard also scored with a fine long-range effort to give England the emphatic win.

England took a 5-0 lead into halftime and literally took their foot off the pedal scoring one and conceding one in the second half.

In the end, a near-perfect result for England, 6-0, would have given them the edge over Belgium on goal difference, but it is still going to come down to the final match.

As for Panama, two losses don’t feel good; but getting a goal is one of the best moments in the national team’s history and will give them a little boost as they try to win their final match against Tunisia.

Before today, England had never scored more than four goals in a World Cup match.

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