England march into last 16 after thrashing Panama 6-1

England are now level with Belgium on six points at the top of Group G, with exactly the same goal difference.

Panama boss Hernan Gomez said: "We wanted a 0-0 in the first half but we were frightened at half-time".

Substitute Felipe Baloy made history by become the first Panamanian player to score at a World Cup at the end of a second half that begun with Gomez making a beeline for the England dugout to speak to Southgate. Even locals were supporting the team in Nizhny Novgorod, despite the bitter diplomatic relations between Russian Federation and Britain.

Sunday's game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium eliminated the Central Americans with nine goals conceded. But in that, he had already scored a hat-trick that catapulted him to the top of the goals scored table in Russian Federation 2018.

Liverpool captain Henderson, who skippered his country after Kane was substituted, almost added a seventh 18 minutes from time when his controlled volley whistled just past the post, before Felipe Baloy scored a late consolation for Panama.

Much of the build-up has revolved around Southgate's starting side after the publication of pictures of assistant Steve Holland's training notes on Thursday.

Rio Ferdinand on Panama: "This Panama team wouldn't sit well in our non-league in England, they're that bad".

England thrashed Belgium 6-1 in what seemed to be a one-sided clash.

According to most, the only chance that Panama has against England was if the former would get physical to throw off the Three Lions off their game.

Nobody would have thought that after just two games, England would have scored eight goals.

The quarter-final of the World Cup will take place July 6 at 7pm and the semi-final on July 10 at 7pm.

The 32-year-old Honda also scored at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Kane became the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament. "To score my first goals for England was something special, especially at the World Cup".

However, fans will have to wait until Thursday evening to find out who England will face in the next round, depending on who wins.

Panama too had something to cheer in the dying minutes as they scored their first goal in the World Cup finals. John Stones scored twice, and Jesse Lingard rounded out the numbers in the first half.

Kane, who now has five goals in Russian Federation, leapfrogged Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot.

Panama were a defensive shambles now and England soon made it 4-0, with Stones getting his second of the game after Sterling headed straight at 'keeper Jaime Penedo.

Harry Kane took the plaudits after a hat-trick in England's record 6-1 demolition of Panama but the weird goal that sealed his special milestone was mired in controversy.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Radamel Falcao's first World Cup goal led Colombia to a victory over Poland and kept the team in the running for a spot in the knockout round.

However, the result falls four goals short of the tournament's record, set by Hungary when they beat El Salvador 10-1 in 1982. Southgate said he enjoyed that game more than the massacre of Panama, because he enjoyed the tension. So England weren't THAT good yesterday!

  • Stacy Allen