England 6 Panama 1: Harry Kane hat-trick secures qualification - reactions

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The way in which they played demonstrated the distance between the two sides, with Panama resulting to manhandling England's players in the box and scything them down through the midfield in order to stem the damage.

Gareth Southgate insisted he would not swap Harry Kane for any other player at the World Cup after the striker scored a hat-trick as England thrashed Panama. "But if my goals can help the team win, then that's the flawless situation", Kane said.

Kane, substituted to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans, was the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

Kane, who now has five goals in Russian Federation, leapfrogged Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot as the Central Americans were sent packing along with Tunisia.

The figures were still behind England's first Group G match against Tunisia, which was watched by a total audience of 21 million - more than the royal wedding.

Jordan Henderson insists England will be going all out to beat Belgium in their final World Cup group game and believes the Three Lions are ready for whoever they will face in the knockout stages.

Gareth Southgate's side scored five times in an astonishing first-half display with Panama simply unable to compete.

Asked what he told the players when 5-0 up at half-time, the England boss said: "We talked about the importance of one more goal to be top of the group, which is why the goal at the end was disappointing". "We know that when he gets opportunities he's going to bury them, you sit there very confident in his ability to take chances".

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A hat-trick from Harry Kane helped England crash Panama 6-1 in the World Cup Group G game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium here on Sunday.

That final match comes against Belgium on Thursday, with the Red Devils also through having won their opening two games. "England is totally spectacular, a lovely team", said coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who went into the English changing room at halftime to congratulate Southgate.

With eight goals in two games, Peter Shaw thinks other teams should be very wary of England's attacking line-up. Even locals were supporting the team in Nizhny Novgorod, despite the bitter diplomatic relations between Russian Federation and Britain. In the past, a second game of the tournament akin to this, especially one against a debutant, had the right makings to turn into a potential banana skin for England. Panama's marking of Stones from a Kieran Trippier corner was lax and it wasn't the last time that England would benefit from a corner.

For Kane, he insisted he was just focusing on the Belgium game.

Lingard did get on the scoresheet in the 36th with the pick of the goals.

Ashley Young insists the squad of players will keep their feet on the ground despite the manner of their victory.

With their size and bulk as the only realistic advantage they had over the Europeans, Panama immediately made their intentions known as they were not afraid to create contact and clash with their opponents. But defender John Stones wasn't.

Tipped by many United fans to make an impact in Russia, Lingard certainly did that and more against Panama, with the crowning glory being his sumptuous strike, which is undoubtedly up there among the best goals of the tournament so far.

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