Harry Kane leads England into World Cup 2018 knockouts

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The 24-year-old English captain became a national hero pretty quick at this World Cup after scoring two goals - including a attractive victor in stoppage time - in England's opening 2-1 win over Tunisia last week.

Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick.

"A ball to be proud of", Kane said of his third goal.

The 6-1 scoreline was matched at [280.0] in the Correct Score 2 market, and England, with an equal goal difference to Belgium, can now be backed at [1.7] to win Group G (Belgium [2.3]). Tunisia were also knocked out.

Manager Gareth Southgate has said England will not play for second place in Group G, even though it would nearly certainly put them in the easier half of the draw.


Gareth Southgate's side blew away their Central American opponents with two goals apiece from John Stones and Harry Kane, as well as a Jesse Lingard strike inside the opening 45 minutes to take a 5-0 lead into the interval. A header from a corner by John Stones, a penalty from Kane and a lovely strike from the edge of the box by Jesse Lingard set them on their way.

In truth, this may just have been the worst hat-trick in Kane's career so far.

The Tottenham striker scored his third and England's sixth, deflecting a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot into the net, before he was taken off and replaced by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy. "You go out there to win a game - the other bits are nonsense". Panama paid the price for their petulant immaturity as the Three Lions ran riot and scored with what felt like every scoring opportunity they had before half-time - indeed, their first three shots on targets were all goals. We wouldn't swap him for anyone in terms of number nines.

Panama's equal-sized army of red-shirted fans danced and cheered on the "Canaleros" (Canalmen) to the end.

However, the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for the 78th minute when Felipe Baloy scored Panama's first ever finals goal.


"Panama is like a small young child in football".

"We want to keep momentum, so we'll have to think about the team we want to put out against Belgium".

"It could have been an even bigger score". I was feeling scared in the second half.

The Group A winners will play the Group B runner-up, after which Group B winners will play Group A's second place finisher.

Kane then scored his second penalty in first-half injury time after he was nearly farcically wrestled over at a corner, despite further Panama complaints.


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