Hat trick in Panama rout puts England in last 16


25 - There were 25 uninterrupted passes played by England before their sixth goal, the longest sequence for a World Cup goal since 1966 and one more pass than Esteban Cambiasso's goal for Argentina v Serbia in 2006 (24). John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another.

"The third one is probably one of the luckiest ones of my career", said Kane, who took the game ball to the locker room. Trippier rolled the ball to Jordan Henderson and he curled a delivery to the back post for Kane to nod on. "England is a strong team, with great players". The referee chose Anibal Godoy's abrasive foul on Harry Kane as justification for the spot kick.

Kane completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute and was then taken off by Gareth Southgate, who was looking to preserve the energy of his captain with tougher challenges ahead. "He's at the end of his career and he's going to retire from the national team, and God gave him the opportunity because of his professionalism to have this attractive goal".

Rose came off the bench with England 6-0 up over Panama for the final 20 minutes of the game, with the match he already won.

England could afford to ease up and preserve energy but it cost the team first place on goal difference. - Topping the group is often seen as a boon, but perhaps not in this case. Winning the group could result in a last-eight tie with Brazil or Germany, if Brazil win their group and Germany come second in theirs. The second-placed team would be more likely to face Mexico or Switzerland at that stage.

Of course, the Premier League itself is a fusion of styles and influences drawn from across Europe and around the world, and Southgate, a regular spectator at games across the country, has drawn on many of them.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his full competitive debut and played tribute to England's "respected" young captain.

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Panama - Penedo 5, Murillo 5, R.Torres 5, Escobar 4, Davis 5, Gómez 5, Bárcenas 6, Cooper 6, Godoy 6, Rodríguez 6, B.Pérez 6. Stones is wrestled to the ground and Kane will have a chance to make it five.

"Stones' goal was one of the best-crafted goals at the tournament, everyone made the right moves... it was very, very good". A Stunning goal from Lingard!

That set-up is flawless for giving freedom to attacking full-backs - a role which is itself a long-standing part of English football, with the excellent Kieran Trippier following in the path of overlapping full-backs such as Stuart Pearce and Kenny Sansom.

The only time Kane appeared remotely flustered on Sunday was when he was invited by an overseas broadcaster to select a song to mark his hat-trick.

Kane went off soon after wrapping up his hat-trick - England's only goal of a second half that was never likely to get near the five struck before the break.

Panama got themselves into good positions on a number of occasions, however, it was England who would score again on 22 minutes, courtesy of yet another World Cup 2018 penalty. A free kick curls in from the left and Boloy slides in to steer it home.

In the lead-up to the World Cup, Baloy - the team's captain despite coming on as a second-half substitute - had come in for criticism over his age and is "100 per cent sure" he will retire from global football at the conclusion of the World Cup, bringing to an end an worldwide career spanning more than 100 games. In Italy in 1990, when England reached the last four, Bobby Robson brought in Mark Wright and played with three central defenders.