Captain Kane gives team hope of World Cup glory

The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard could be rested for Belgium’s clash against England

After digging deep to see off Tunisia at the death of their Group G opener, England secured a win as impressive as it was comprehensive in putting shambolic Panama to the sword in sweltering Nizhny Novgorod.

England prove why they are one of the favorites to win the World Cup in Russian Federation after beating Panama 6-1 in their second group stage match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday.

Kane now has a tournament-leading five goals at the World Cup in Russian Federation, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

England won the game with the most goals the team have ever scored in a World Cup finals match.

Two penalties from Kane, a John Stones double and Jesse Lingard's wonder strike saw Gareth Southgate's team take an insurmountable and record-breaking 5-0 lead before half-time.

Youngster Reuben Loftus-Cheek let a shot rip from outside of the box but the ball deflected off the England captain before finding its way in the back of net, giving Harry Kane the hat-trick and the golden boot under very bizzare conditions.

Those goals - two penalties and a lucky deflection - made Kane the third Englishman after Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker to score a hat trick in a World Cup match.

"We are enjoying it and we have to keep it going, not get ahead of ourselves".

However, Southgate will have been furious at seeing his side conceded to Armando Cooper Baloy with 12 minutes remaining, minutes after a warning when Roman Torres had fired wide from four yards.

Belgium hammered Tunisia 5-2 on Saturday, with two goals from both Lukaku and Eden Hazard.

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Southgate's task now will be to keep his young charges' feet on the ground, and guard against complacency whomever they face next from Group H's quartet of Japan, Senegal, Poland and Colombia.

"This victory is dedicated to Carlos Sanchez, because he's had a very hard time in the past days".

"I want to continue, the form I'm in, but whatever decision the gaffer makes we'll get behind", he said. The player was deeply affected by this matter. "It's not every day we get to go through after two games".

"Whether it's confirmed or not... this is extremely painful".

The size of Panama's defeat in Nizhy Novgorod has left some hopeful that it could mean England could go on to win the tournament for the first time since 1966, with others remaining cautious.

Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez, the star of Colombia's march to the quarter-finals four years ago, was included in the starting line-up, with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski the main threat for the European side.

Senegal blew their chance of victory against when Japan who twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw in an entertaining game in Yekaterinburg.

Southgate described his team as "ruthless" for a 35-minute stretch in the first half. In the second period Moussa Wague reestablished Senegal's lead but substitute Keisuke Honda pegged them back again.

Maybe the most frightening thing for England fans, who have supposedly learned to lower their World Cup expectations after so many disappointments, is actually true.

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