England 6 Panama 1: Harry Kane hat-trick as Three Lions seal record World Cup win to qualify for knockout stages

England 6 Panama 1: Harry Kane hat-trick as Three Lions seal record World Cup win to qualify for knockout stages

HARRY KANE bagged a Panama hat-trick – and England smashed a hatful to secure a place in the World Cup knockout stages.

Gareth Southgate’s lads swept aside worries about wilting in the 32-degree heat by bagging FIVE times in a goal-crazy first half at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson celebrate as England go two-up inside the first half

 

John Stones netted twice from set-pieces, Kane scored twice from the penalty spot and Jesse Lingard curled in a beauty in one of the most comprehensive 45 minute displays seen for years.

Kane’s treble came after the break, before he was taken off for a breather after securing England’s BIGGEST win at a World Cup.

And it also moved them in front of Belgium on the basis of their better disciplinary record ahead of their Group G table-topping decider later this week.

Jesse Lingard sends his shot curling into the top corner as England run riot in Russia

The result was never in doubt after Stones’ early opener from Kieran Trippier’s corner.

Ref Ghead Grisha could easily have given a penalty for Anibal Godoy’s wrestling hold on Kane – but it didn’t matter as Stones was unmarked and steered his header home.

Lingard got rough treatment from the off, including an elbow in the face from Gab Gomez and a hack from Armando Cooper.

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