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When asked what scoring sensation Kane's World Cup appearances would mean for a potential big-money move away from Tottenham, Schmeichel suggested Kane would not be a in a hurry to leave White Hart lane.

Harry Kane struck a hat-trick as England demolished Panama 6-1 on Sunday to ease into the FIFA World Cup last 16 alongside Group G rivals Belgium.

There was still time for the Three Lions to bag their fifth of the game before the break, via yet another crisply taken Kane penalty after Stones was manhandled in the box at a corner.

Rightly or wrongly Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has emerged as the archetypal scapegoat at this tournament.

It was the first time in England's history they have managed five goals in a first half and Kane became the first England player to score a World Cup hat-trick since Gary Lineker in 1986. The most important thing is always winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that's the ideal situation. A former England global, he has been around long enough to know that most of the battle in soccer is creating quality chances, and if a team's players are as world class as England's are, eventually those attempts will start to hit the back of the net.

Yesterday's game at the pulsating, riverside Nizhny Novgorod stadium eliminated the Central Americans from the World Cup with nine goals conceded.

In 2014, England complained about the heat in Brazil - particularly the humidity of the Amazonian jungle in the team's opening loss to Italy. Good thing, because the destruction began early, with defender John Stones getting so free for a header on a corner kick in the eighth minute that he looked more stunned than joyous when the ball sailed into the back of the net.

Panama got what they deserved for a pitiful display against an England side showing just one change, despite assistant Steve Holland's training notes suggesting otherwise. And, at half-time (5-0 up), we talked about one more goal to be top of the group, that's why the goal at the end was disappointing. "It's not every day we get to go through after two games".

Rose made his first appearance at Russian Federation 2018 in England's 6-1 World Cup win over Panama.

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Lukaku clipped a right-foot shot over advancing goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in first-half stoppage time . If Belgium had one worry, though, it was allowing Tunisia to quickly score after extending its lead.

"We got to go into the game against Belgium looking to win but this win gives us a bit of a cushion".

It appears that England have a group of players who are individually talented, but are capable of collectively playing alongside each other.

In their final group games on Thursday, Senegal will face Colombia in Samara while Japan plays Poland in Volgograd.

Assuming Brazil top their group, then the victor of Group G will be faced with a clash against either Brazil or Germany in the quarter-finals, due to Germany's rough start likely resulting in them finishing runner up to Mexico.

"Last time England scored 4 or more goals in a World Cup was the 1966 WC final".

Six minutes later, it was a done deal.

Panama's ordeal did at least include a 76th-minute consolation goal for substitute Felipe Baloy.

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick against Panama to become the tournament's leading scorer. He has 37 worldwide goals in his career. And also our set plays were a real threat, which was pleasing to see.

Kane on Panama's physical approach: "We knew it would be an aggressive game, they'd do everything they could to stop us".


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