Kane scores hat trick in England's 6-1 rout of Panama

Jun 27, 2018, 05:21
Kane scores hat trick in England's 6-1 rout of Panama

With Kane locked up by the physical defence, the tall centre-backs took center stage and Stones found the back of the net twice against Panama.

Peter Schmeichel has lauded Harry Kane's man of the match performance in England's 6-1 thrashing of Panama in their World Cup Group G meeting in Nizhny Novgorod.

Two of Kane's goals came from the penalty spot and the third via his heel, sending the striker to the top of the scoring chart in Russian Federation with five - one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Belgium and England - who meet in Kaliningrad on Thursday to battle it out for top spot - both have six points after two games and are level on goal difference and goals scored.

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England of recent worldwide tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped to a remarkable 5-0 lead at halftime.

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

Five first half goals condemned Panama to the joint-heaviest defeat of the World Cup so far as they sank without trace in Nizhny Novgorod, although Felipe Baloy did make history by scoring their first ever World Cup goal.

The Three Lions slowed down the game in the second half, keeping the ball as much as possible, but Kane was determined to be the third English player ever to get a hat-trick in a World Cup. "We must enjoy that we've qualified because it is not easy, no matter the opponent". "It's not every day we get to go through after two games".

This has been a key focus of coach Gareth Southgate to ensure that England are not wasteful when it comes to these chances in front of goal.

"It was a different type of win to the other day (against Tunisia)", he said. And also our set plays were a real threat, which was pleasing to see.

Belgium hammered Tunisia 5-2 on Saturday, with two goals from both Lukaku and Eden Hazard.

Japan is yet to face Poland, while Senegal still needs to play Colombia. The second half lacked intensity but for Kane's hat-trick goal as Southgate opted to ring in the changes to give his bench a taste of the occasion. In the second period Moussa Wague reestablished Senegal's lead but substitute Keisuke Honda pegged them back again.

Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring Ronaldo survives VAR, Messi needs all the VAR he can get and how Ireland helped to invent VAR. We want to see our talented players remain in the Premier League. "Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud". But it is his movement off the ball which is really proving crucial for the Three Lions. 3.

Leaders France area already through but will want to beat Denmark on Tuesday to take top spot in style, although a draw would also keep them clear. I remember four years ago, knowing how hard the lads had worked.

There has not been a single 0-0 draw in Russian Federation so far.

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.

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