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England through to the next round after rampant rout of Panama

Kane's hat-trick took him ahead of Cristiano and Lukaku.
Kane's hat-trick took him ahead of Cristiano and Lukaku. / AFP
  • Harry Kane added to his tally in his race for the Golden Boot, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 win

England ensured their progression to the last 16 with a resounding 6-1 victory over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Saturday.

Despite a subdued start, John Stones gave the Lions the lead after just eight minutes, heading home Kieran Trippier's corner.

Harry Kane emphatically bagged the second from the penalty spot after a foul on Jesse Lingard, before the Manchester United man himself added the third in the 36th minute with a brilliant curling effort from 25 yards.

Stones headed his second to cap off a set-piece routine before Kane made it 5-0 before half-time with another penalty after he was wrestled to the ground.

A fortunate deflection off Kane on a shot from Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed the Spurs' forward's hat-trick which took him ahead of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (on four each) in the race for the Golden Boot.

Though the game was long ended as a contest, Panama were given plenty to celebrate when Felipe Baloy slid to meet a freekick and gave Panama their first ever goal at a World Cup.

The win, and an inferior yellow card tally, moved England ahead of Group G rivals Belgium ahead of their clash on Thursday night.