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England Through To Knockout Stages Of World Cup

Embedded Image Kane looks to keep England rolling vs. Panama on Day 11 at World Cup - Article
Adrian Cunningham | 24 June, 2018, 18:51

The result, a record win for England in a World Cup finals match, means England qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare, along with Belgium who also have six points. There was never any real possibility that Panama would cause an upset, but seeing England score five goals in one half will have been the most enjoyable experience watching England that many fans have ever had.

Kane's hat-trick is the 52nd in World Cup history, and the second of this tournament after Cristiano Ronaldo, who achieved the feat in Portugal's 3-3 draw against Spain.

"First time in a long time since we've seen a hat-trick from England player in the World Cup, absolutely delighted for Harry and the team", tweeted Hurst.

Confidence is just flowing throughout this England side. Austria scored five against Switzerland in 1954, as did Poland against Haiti in 1974, while the only other occasion was when Germany scored five against Brazil in the 2014 semifinal.

Three more games are slated in for Day 10 of an enthralling tournament, with England and Panama raising the red velvet curtain at 1pm.

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Striker Harry Kane then doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Jesse Lingard was brought down in the area.

Harry Kane hit a hat-trick while John Stones (two) and Jesse Lingard also scored as Southgate's side recorded their biggest win at a finals. England still lost that game 2-1, as Luis Suarez scored two goals past a helpless Joe Hart.

Then, Kane smashed in a second penalty just as emphatically as his first one. Kocsis and Fontaine were the top scorers at each of the World Cups mentioned, with 11 and 13 goals, respectively.

The win followed England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their Group G opener on 18 June.