England has hammered Panama 6-1, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as Harry Kane also scored a hat trick in the game.
- England struck five times in the first half
- Harry Kane completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half
- Panama scored through Baloy
A win for England in this game was going to see them through to the next round of the competition and against a weaker Panama side, their victory never looked in doubt.
England beat Panama 6-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup to progress to the Round of 16 with Belgium from Group G.
This is the first time in a World Cup game that England have scored 6 goals, while Panama scored their first ever goal in the competition. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to become the third England player to do so after Sir Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker.
The hat trick from the captain made him the first England player to score five goals in the group stage.
Kane told the BBC afterwards: “Fantastic. So proud of the boys. We are doing something tough but we’ve been working on our set pieces. It’s just fantastic.”
England got off to a swift start after shaky first five minutes when Stones came from the back of the box to head in from a set piece that saw aggressive behaviour from Panama’s players.
The second came from a penalty after Lingard was brought down by Panamanian Fidel Escobar.
Lingard stole his own piece of the glory when he went through defenders on the edge of the box to drive a strike into the top right corner.
Another penalty came after the referee lost patience with Panama’s shoving during an England corner, with Kane slamming in his shot in exactly the same place as the first spot kick.
With the mostly-Russian crowd still reeling from the goalfest, England won another free kick and put together an elaborate set piece which ended with Stones putting in his second after a first header from Raheem Sterling was blocked.
Eighteen minutes into the second half, just as it looked like Panama were beginning to bring things under control, a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot hit the heel of the captain to give him the first hat trick in a World Cup finals by an England player since Gary Lineker in Mexico 1986 against Poland.
Panama got a consolation goal when Felipe Baloy met a free kick with a strike to beat England goal keeper Jordan Pickford.