England makes World Cup history as Kane joins elite group

England recorded one of their finest victories in World Cup history as they thumped Panama 6-1 to book their place in the last 16.

Gareth Southgate’s men flew out of the blocks in the Group G clash and John Stones soon broke the deadlock, heading home Kieran Trippier’s corner in the 8th minute.

Harry Kane joined the party in the 22nd minute from the penalty spot after Jesse Lingard was hauled to the ground. Before long, the Manchester United man was on the scoresheet himself.

Lingard found the net with a wonder strike from long-range before Stones grabbed his second for the Three Lions with his head. Kane scored his second penalty of the match just before half-time before completing a hat-trick in the 62nd minute, deflecting home Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot.

The Tottenham striker becomes only the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game after Geoff Hurst (1966) and Gary Lineker (1986).

Southgate wisely decided to substitute Kane immediately after his third goal to remove any chance of an injury. It was also the first time since the 1966 final that England have managed four goals or more in a World Cup match.

England had never scored five goals in a World Cup game prior to the match against Panama on 24 June.

The record for the most goals scored in a match at the tournament is Hungary’s 10-1 victory over El Salvador back in 1982.

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