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World Cup 2018: Harry Kane clutches match ball as England win against Panama




Hat-trick hero Harry Kane clutched the match ball as the England squad landed in St Petersburg after putting three goals past Panama in a historic World Cup win.

England scored six goals in a World Cup finals match for the first time in their history as they demolished Panama 6-1 with a sparkling performance watched by 25million jubilant fans in pubs, bars and living rooms across the country.

More than two thousand travelling supporters, including the players’ wives and girlfriends, cheered in the stands as Harry Kane’s hat-trick – the first for England at the World Cup finals since 1986 – took England through to the last 16 of the World Cup on a record-breaking afternoon in Nizhny Novgorod. 

John Stones’s thumping header set the Three Lions on the way to the knockout stages after just eight minutes in Russia, after Kane led the side out in temperatures reaching 86F (30C) for the Group G clash on Sunday afternoon.

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane clutched the match ball as he landed in St Petersburg after putting three goals past Panama in a historic World Cup win

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane clutched the match ball as he landed in St Petersburg after putting three goals past Panama in a historic World Cup win

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane clutched the match ball as he landed in St Petersburg after putting three goals past Panama in a historic World Cup win

England secured their biggest ever World Cup victory, thrashing their Group G opponents 6-1 in their second game of the tournament 

England secured their biggest ever World Cup victory, thrashing their Group G opponents 6-1 in their second game of the tournament 

England secured their biggest ever World Cup victory, thrashing their Group G opponents 6-1 in their second game of the tournament 

Kane celebrated his three goals against Panama by taking the match ball with him as England flew back to St Petersburg

Kane celebrated his three goals against Panama by taking the match ball with him as England flew back to St Petersburg

Kane celebrated his three goals against Panama by taking the match ball with him as England flew back to St Petersburg

One to remember! The match ball was signed by his team mates who left kind messages like 'no surprise, congrats bro', 'brilliant, keep going' and 'well done mate'

One to remember! The match ball was signed by his team mates who left kind messages like 'no surprise, congrats bro', 'brilliant, keep going' and 'well done mate'

One to remember! The match ball was signed by his team mates who left kind messages like ‘no surprise, congrats bro’, ‘brilliant, keep going’ and ‘well done mate’

Captain Kane doubled England’s lead after 22 minutes with his third goal of the tournament, blasting in a penalty after Jesse Lingard was bundled down in the area by two defenders.

Lingard’s stunning shot curled in to extend England’s dominance ten minutes before the break, before Stones scored again with a close-range header after Raheem Sterling’s effort was saved and Kane thumped home a second spot-kick, as England raced into a 5-0 lead before the break. 

England completed their march into the knockout stage with a game to spare as Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot deflected in off Kane to give the captain a hat-trick, as they followed their dramatic win against Tunisia with a dominant performance today.

Sales of beer, barbecues and ice cream rocketed and the National Grid was expected to spike at half time as England fans enjoyed a lunchtime kick-off on a warm Sunday afternoon in the UK, with pubs predicting the ‘biggest ever’ Sunday drinking session.

England captain Harry Kane holds the match ball after his hat-trick led England to a sweeping victory over Panama in Russia

England captain Harry Kane holds the match ball after his hat-trick led England to a sweeping victory over Panama in Russia

England captain Harry Kane holds the match ball after his hat-trick led England to a sweeping victory over Panama in Russia

1-0: John Stones (number 5 shirt) heads in Kieran Trippier's corner to give England an early lead against Panama in the World Cup

1-0: John Stones (number 5 shirt) heads in Kieran Trippier's corner to give England an early lead against Panama in the World Cup

1-0: John Stones (number 5 shirt) heads in Kieran Trippier’s corner to give England an early lead against Panama in the World Cup

2-0: England captain Harry Kane thumps in from the penalty spot to give England a two-goal lead against Panama this afternoon

2-0: England captain Harry Kane thumps in from the penalty spot to give England a two-goal lead against Panama this afternoon

2-0: England captain Harry Kane thumps in from the penalty spot to give England a two-goal lead against Panama this afternoon

3-0: England's Jesse Lingard curls a stunning effort past Panama's goalkeeper to give England a solid lead in Nizhny Novgorod

3-0: England's Jesse Lingard curls a stunning effort past Panama's goalkeeper to give England a solid lead in Nizhny Novgorod

3-0: England’s Jesse Lingard curls a stunning effort past Panama’s goalkeeper to give England a solid lead in Nizhny Novgorod

4-0: England's John Stones scores his side's fourth goal of the game in Nizhny Novgorod after Raheem Sterling's effort was saved

4-0: England's John Stones scores his side's fourth goal of the game in Nizhny Novgorod after Raheem Sterling's effort was saved

4-0: England’s John Stones scores his side’s fourth goal of the game in Nizhny Novgorod after Raheem Sterling’s effort was saved

5-0: Harry Kane thumps in from the spot to give England an incredible five-goal lead against Panama before half time

5-0: Harry Kane thumps in from the spot to give England an incredible five-goal lead against Panama before half time

5-0: Harry Kane thumps in from the spot to give England an incredible five-goal lead against Panama before half time

6-0: Kane watches as he scores his fortuitous third goal to complete a hat-trick in England's rout against Panama at the World Cup

6-0: Kane watches as he scores his fortuitous third goal to complete a hat-trick in England's rout against Panama at the World Cup

6-0: Kane watches as he scores his fortuitous third goal to complete a hat-trick in England’s rout against Panama at the World Cup

Jesse Lingard of England celebrates with teammates Harry Kane and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after scoring his team's third goal

Jesse Lingard of England celebrates with teammates Harry Kane and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after scoring his team's third goal

Jesse Lingard of England celebrates with teammates Harry Kane and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after scoring his team’s third goal

Manchester City defender Stones (far right) crouches after heading England's first goal against Panama at the World Cup 

Manchester City defender Stones (far right) crouches after heading England's first goal against Panama at the World Cup 

Manchester City defender Stones (far right) crouches after heading England’s first goal against Panama at the World Cup 

England players celebrate after their side took an early lead in the World Cup match in Nizhny Novgorod

Rebekah Vardy (left) watches England take on Panama in Nizhny Novgorod in their second World Cup match this afternoon

Rebekah Vardy (left) watches England take on Panama in Nizhny Novgorod in their second World Cup match this afternoon

Rebekah Vardy (left) watches England take on Panama in Nizhny Novgorod in their second World Cup match this afternoon

England fans watching the World Cup match at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate a goal against Panama in Russia

England fans watching the World Cup match at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate a goal against Panama in Russia

England fans watching the World Cup match at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate a goal against Panama in Russia

England fans celebrate in the stands as their side scored six in a World Cup finals match for the first time in their history 

England fans celebrate in the stands as their side scored six in a World Cup finals match for the first time in their history 

England fans celebrate in the stands as their side scored six in a World Cup finals match for the first time in their history 

The key stats from England’s big win 

England scored six at the World Cup for the first time in their history. 

They had never previously managed five and had not even scored four since winning the 1966 final.  

Harry Kane is the third Englishman to score a World Cup hat-trick after Geoff Hurst (1966) and Gary Lineker (1986).

The captain’s five goals have put him on top of the goalscoring charts, ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo on four.  

England and Belgium now have identical records: six points, eight goals scored, two conceded. 

The Three Lions won their two opening games of a major tournament for the first time since 2006.  

Panama’s consolation effort was their first goal in World Cup history.

Southgate’s team will now play off against Belgium for top spot in the group, after the 6-1 win left England and Belgium exactly tied after two matches each in Group G. 

The teams’ disciplinary records would break a tie if the match is drawn. Panama and Tunisia go out of the tournament. 

Around 2,500 England fans were in the stadium cheering on the team, where Kane and his team were given special medical advice on hydration to cope with the elements inside the ground, which was close to full capacity with an attendance of 43,319.

The England manager brought Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the team to replace Dele Alli in an otherwise unchanged starting XI.  

England scored early on for the second game running when John Stones met Kieran Trippier’s corner from the right-hand side and thumped his header past Panama’s keeper after eight minutes. 

And the lead was doubled less than halfway through the first period when Jesse Lingard was fouled by two Panama defenders and Harry Kane smashed home from the penalty spot. 

Lingard scored one of the goals of the tournament so far to extend England’s dominance after 35 minutes, curling an unstoppable shot to the keeper’s left from 25 yards out. 

Stones scored a second header to give England a 4-0 lead after Raheem Sterling’s close-range effort was saved, with the referee using VAR to check there had been no offside in the build-up. 

And Kane gave a euphoric England a 5-0 advantage before the break when he thumped home a second penalty after the captain himself was hauled down from a corner. 

The captain completed his hat-trick on 61 minutes when a long-range shot from Loftus-Cheek deflected off Kane’s heel and flew past a wrong-footed goalkeeper.

The Egyptian referee checked for offside on the VAR system but found Kane level with the last defender and awarded the goal to complete Kane’s hat-trick, the first for England at the World Cup since Gary Lineker in 1986. 

Panama’s beleaguered supporters finally had something to cheer about when the team scored their first ever goal at a World Cup, as Felipe Baloy stretched to guide in from a free kick.  

‘I’ll pay’: Kyle Walker takes sarcastic fan up on his pledge to get John Stones tattoo

Kyle Walker took to Twitter to publicly offer to pay for an England fan to get a tattoo of John Stones.

Walker was responding to a sarcastic supporter who was so certain Stones wouldn’t get on the score sheet that he pledged to get the defender inked on his skin.

Manchester City fan Jess tweeted yesterday: ‘If John Stones score tomorrow I’ll get a tattoo of him.’

Following England’s 6-1 thrashing of Panama, in which Stones netted two headers, Walker simply replied: ‘I’ll pay.’ 

Stones fell out of favour at his club side this season and lost his place in the starting line up.

England supporters are divided over the central defender who has an eye for a pass but is susceptible to a mistake every now and then. 

In May, a Birmingham supporter stuck to his pledge to get a bizarre Garry Monk tattoo on his backside.

The Birmingham fan, Kevin Tomlinson, took to Twitter  to post an amusing photo of the tattoo of Monk’s face, alongside the caption: ‘@GarryMonk Here we are! What do you think of this then?

A Birmingham supporter stuck to his pledge and got this bizarre Garry Monk tattoo on his backside after pledging to it on Twitter

A Birmingham supporter stuck to his pledge and got this bizarre Garry Monk tattoo on his backside after pledging to it on Twitter

A Birmingham supporter stuck to his pledge and got this bizarre Garry Monk tattoo on his backside after pledging to it on Twitter

Monk replied to the Birmingham fan's Twitter post on Sunday, writing 'fair play to you Kevin!'

Monk replied to the Birmingham fan's Twitter post on Sunday, writing 'fair play to you Kevin!'

Monk replied to the Birmingham fan’s Twitter post in May, writing ‘fair play to you Kevin!’ after the supporter stuck to his pledge

‘Any chance of a photo opportunity with you, would be fantastic to meet you after this #theresonlyonemonk’.

The Blues supporter pledged to get the tattoo if Birmingham managed to beat Fulham on the final day of the Championship.

They impressively beat high-flying Fulham 3-1 to maintain their place in the Championship for next season after finishing in 19th.

The former Swansea, Leeds and Middlesbrough boss helped fund £80 towards the body art, ensuring Tomlinson would reach his initial £100 target, with any more pledges set to raise money for the Justice for the 21 campaign.

Harry Kane celebrates with Ashley Young after completing his hat-trick to put England 6-0 ahead against Panama in Russia

Harry Kane celebrates with Ashley Young after completing his hat-trick to put England 6-0 ahead against Panama in Russia

Harry Kane celebrates with Ashley Young after completing his hat-trick to put England 6-0 ahead against Panama in Russia

England's Harry Kane celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the group G match

England's Harry Kane celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the group G match

England’s Harry Kane celebrates after he scored his side’s second goal during the group G match

England fans in full voice celebrate as their side routs Panama in Nizhny Novgorod with a 5-0 lead before half time 

England fans in full voice celebrate as their side routs Panama in Nizhny Novgorod with a 5-0 lead before half time 

England fans in full voice celebrate as their side routs Panama in Nizhny Novgorod with a 5-0 lead before half time 

Delighted spectators celebrate after the referee blew the final whistle at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia 

Delighted spectators celebrate after the referee blew the final whistle at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia 

Delighted spectators celebrate after the referee blew the final whistle at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia 

Jubilant England fans continue their celebrations outside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium following the 6-1 win 

Jubilant England fans continue their celebrations outside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium following the 6-1 win 

Jubilant England fans continue their celebrations outside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium following the 6-1 win 

England fans with colourful merchandise cheer on their way out of the stadium after Southgate's side's crushing triumph 

England fans with colourful merchandise cheer on their way out of the stadium after Southgate's side's crushing triumph 

England fans with colourful merchandise cheer on their way out of the stadium after Southgate’s side’s crushing triumph 

A huge crowd of fans watch England's World Cup demolition of Panama at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 

A huge crowd of fans watch England's World Cup demolition of Panama at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 

A huge crowd of fans watch England’s World Cup demolition of Panama at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 

England fans watching the match at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate their team's one-sided victory over Panama 

England fans watching the match at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate their team's one-sided victory over Panama 

England fans watching the match at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate their team’s one-sided victory over Panama 

Football fans gather in Merchant Square in London's Paddington to watch England play Panama on a big screen

Football fans gather in Merchant Square in London's Paddington to watch England play Panama on a big screen

Football fans gather in Merchant Square in London’s Paddington to watch England play Panama on a big screen

England fans watch the World Cup match against Panama on the big screen at the Isle of Wight Festival

England fans watch the World Cup match against Panama on the big screen at the Isle of Wight Festival

England fans watch the World Cup match against Panama on the big screen at the Isle of Wight Festival

Fans celebrate at Ashton Gate football stadium, Bristol, as a Kane-inspired England tear apart Panama 

Fans celebrate at Ashton Gate football stadium, Bristol, as a Kane-inspired England tear apart Panama 

Fans celebrate at Ashton Gate football stadium, Bristol, as a Kane-inspired England tear apart Panama 

Fans celebrate at Brighton beach after England's demolition of Panama took them through to the knockout stages 

Fans celebrate at Brighton beach after England's demolition of Panama took them through to the knockout stages 

Fans celebrate at Brighton beach after England’s demolition of Panama took them through to the knockout stages 

Fans celebrate at Ashton Gate football stadium, Bristol, as England score five at the World Cup for the first time ever

Fans celebrate at Ashton Gate football stadium, Bristol, as England score five at the World Cup for the first time ever

Fans celebrate at Ashton Gate football stadium, Bristol, as England score five at the World Cup for the first time ever

England fans watch their team's win over Panama on a large screen at Croydon Box Park in South London today 

England fans watch their team's win over Panama on a large screen at Croydon Box Park in South London today 

England fans watch their team’s win over Panama on a large screen at Croydon Box Park in South London today 

Fans celebrate the second goal as they watch the England v Panama World Cup match at Millennium Square, Leeds

Fans celebrate the second goal as they watch the England v Panama World Cup match at Millennium Square, Leeds

Fans celebrate the second goal as they watch the England v Panama World Cup match at Millennium Square, Leeds

England fans at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate during their team's crushing 6-1 win over Panama 

England fans at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate during their team's crushing 6-1 win over Panama 

England fans at the Isle of Wight Festival celebrate during their team’s crushing 6-1 win over Panama 

Football fans gather in Merchant Square in London's Paddington to watch England play Panama on a big screen

Football fans gather in Merchant Square in London's Paddington to watch England play Panama on a big screen

Football fans gather in Merchant Square in London’s Paddington to watch England play Panama on a big screen

England fans react as they watch the broadcast of the Panama match at Croydon Box Park in South London on Sunday 

England fans react as they watch the broadcast of the Panama match at Croydon Box Park in South London on Sunday 

England fans react as they watch the broadcast of the Panama match at Croydon Box Park in South London on Sunday 

Fans celebrate whilst watching at Ashton Gate football stadium as England demolish Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

Fans celebrate whilst watching at Ashton Gate football stadium as England demolish Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

Fans celebrate whilst watching at Ashton Gate football stadium as England demolish Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

Fans hold drinks while they watch England trounce Panama 6-1 at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol on Sunday afternoon

Fans hold drinks while they watch England trounce Panama 6-1 at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol on Sunday afternoon

Fans hold drinks while they watch England trounce Panama 6-1 at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol on Sunday afternoon

England fans at the Enchanted Gardens,  Shoreditch, London, celebrate during England's dominant performance today 

England fans at the Enchanted Gardens,  Shoreditch, London, celebrate during England's dominant performance today 

England fans at the Enchanted Gardens,  Shoreditch, London, celebrate during England’s dominant performance today 

England supporters cheer and hold up flags as they watch Southgate's side demolish Panama in their World Cup fixture

England supporters cheer and hold up flags as they watch Southgate's side demolish Panama in their World Cup fixture

England supporters cheer and hold up flags as they watch Southgate’s side demolish Panama in their World Cup fixture

Substitute Jamie Vardy kisses his wife Rebekah after the final whistle of England's 6-1 victory against Panama 

Substitute Jamie Vardy kisses his wife Rebekah after the final whistle of England's 6-1 victory against Panama 

Substitute Jamie Vardy kisses his wife Rebekah after the final whistle of England’s 6-1 victory against Panama 

Rebekah Vardy, wife of England's Jamie Vardy, in the stands during the  Group G match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Rebekah Vardy, wife of England's Jamie Vardy, in the stands during the  Group G match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Rebekah Vardy, wife of England’s Jamie Vardy, in the stands during the Group G match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Rebekah Vardy takes a picture during England's rout of Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia today 

Rebekah Vardy takes a picture during England's rout of Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia today 

Rebekah Vardy takes a picture during England’s rout of Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia today 

Rebekah Vardy (centre) pictured among the crowd during England's big win which saw them through to the last 16 

Rebekah Vardy (centre) pictured among the crowd during England's big win which saw them through to the last 16 

Rebekah Vardy (centre) pictured among the crowd during England’s big win which saw them through to the last 16 

Goalkeeper Jack Butland's blonde fiancée, air hostess Annabel Peyton, watched the action as England destroyed Panama

Goalkeeper Jack Butland's blonde fiancée, air hostess Annabel Peyton, watched the action as England destroyed Panama

Goalkeeper Jack Butland’s blonde fiancée, air hostess Annabel Peyton, watched the action as England destroyed Panama

Annie Kilner, the girlfriend of England's Kyle Walker, holds a drink while watching England thrash Panama at the World Cup 

Annie Kilner, the girlfriend of England's Kyle Walker, holds a drink while watching England thrash Panama at the World Cup 

Annie Kilner, the girlfriend of England’s Kyle Walker, holds a drink while watching England thrash Panama at the World Cup 

Defender Ashley Young's wife, Nicky Pike, opted for a floral dress as she watched the match against Panama on Sunday 

Defender Ashley Young's wife, Nicky Pike, opted for a floral dress as she watched the match against Panama on Sunday 

Defender Ashley Young’s wife, Nicky Pike, opted for a floral dress as she watched the match against Panama on Sunday 

Rebekah Vardy led the celebrations as England secured a stunning 6-1 victory over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

Rebekah Vardy led the celebrations as England secured a stunning 6-1 victory over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

Rebekah Vardy led the celebrations as England secured a stunning 6-1 victory over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

A big screen at the stadium displays the final score as England thrash Panama in their second Group G fixture in Russia 

A big screen at the stadium displays the final score as England thrash Panama in their second Group G fixture in Russia 

A big screen at the stadium displays the final score as England thrash Panama in their second Group G fixture in Russia 

Panama celebrate after Felipe Baloy's strike gave them their first ever goal at a World Cup finals tournament 

Panama celebrate after Felipe Baloy's strike gave them their first ever goal at a World Cup finals tournament 

Panama celebrate after Felipe Baloy’s strike gave them their first ever goal at a World Cup finals tournament 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek takes aim as his shot is about to deflect off Harry Kane to give the England captain his hat-trick

Ruben Loftus-Cheek takes aim as his shot is about to deflect off Harry Kane to give the England captain his hat-trick

Ruben Loftus-Cheek takes aim as his shot is about to deflect off Harry Kane to give the England captain his hat-trick

Harry Kane celebrates with Raheem Sterling after scoring England's sixth goal against Panama on Sunday afternoon

Harry Kane celebrates with Raheem Sterling after scoring England's sixth goal against Panama on Sunday afternoon

Harry Kane celebrates with Raheem Sterling after scoring England’s sixth goal against Panama on Sunday afternoon

Dr Mark Spring of Wimbledon

Dr Mark Spring of Wimbledon

England fan Kim Marshall

England fan Kim Marshall

England fans Dr Mark Spring (left) and Kim Marshall (right) were among the travelling supporters delighted by the big win

Travelling fan David Corpse, 25, from Middlesbrough, said: ‘I would never have imagined that we would score goals. 

‘What a performance that was by the team. They were full of confidence and were in control right from the start. 

‘It’s clear that England are going to go far in this tournament after that and the other countries are going to be worried about us.’

Dr Mark Spring, a consultant from Wimbledon, said: ‘I was disappointed that he took Harry Kane off. How can you take a player of who’s got a hat-trick? ‘ 

‘But that was a great performance. A great team effort. I’m off back to London to take a clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday I’m heading back for the third match on Thursday. I wouldn’t wanna miss this.’ 

Kim Marshall, 30, from Reading, said: ‘I am soaked in beer because people were throwing it around behind the goal.

‘I have to hand it to the England team. They really put on a show today and I never would’ve expected six goals. ‘I don’t want to jinx them – but I think we can go really far at this World Cup.’ 

Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez said: ‘Panama is like a small young child in football. We are like virgins … England is totally spectacular, a beautiful team.’

The coach, who went into the English changing room at halftime to congratulate Southgate, said: ‘It could have been an even bigger score. I was feeling scared in the second half. What we did was to try to avoid a bigger catastrophe. We tried to keep the ball more in the second half and play in a more orderly fashion.’

Gareth Southgate praised his players for being ‘ruthless in front of goal’.

He said: ‘I know that many people were watching at home on a Sunday afternoon. It’s lovely that we can give them goals to celebrate Harry has started brilliantly… we wouldn’t swap him for anyone in the tournament.’  

England manager Gareth Southgate reacts after the final whistle following his side's record-breaking win over Panama 

England manager Gareth Southgate reacts after the final whistle following his side's record-breaking win over Panama 

England manager Gareth Southgate reacts after the final whistle following his side’s record-breaking win over Panama 

Harry Kane completes his hat-trick as Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot deflects in off the captain in the World Cup 

Harry Kane completes his hat-trick as Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot deflects in off the captain in the World Cup 

Harry Kane completes his hat-trick as Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot deflects in off the captain in the World Cup 

England's Harry Kane celebrates with Kieran Trippier after scoring his side's sixth goal to complete his hat-trick

England's Harry Kane celebrates with Kieran Trippier after scoring his side's sixth goal to complete his hat-trick

England’s Harry Kane celebrates with Kieran Trippier after scoring his side’s sixth goal to complete his hat-trick

Harry Kane is mobbed after thumping in a second penalty to give England a 5-0 lead against Panama in Russia

Harry Kane is mobbed after thumping in a second penalty to give England a 5-0 lead against Panama in Russia

Harry Kane is mobbed after thumping in a second penalty to give England a 5-0 lead against Panama in Russia

 Kane's second spot-kick fires England into a 5-0 lead after just 45 minutes of their World Cup match against Panama 

 Kane's second spot-kick fires England into a 5-0 lead after just 45 minutes of their World Cup match against Panama 

 Kane’s second spot-kick fires England into a 5-0 lead after just 45 minutes of their World Cup match against Panama 

Kane smashes in from 12 yards for his second goal as England take an unassailable lead before half time 

Kane smashes in from 12 yards for his second goal as England take an unassailable lead before half time 

Kane smashes in from 12 yards for his second goal as England take an unassailable lead before half time 

Panama's Anibal Godoy fouls England's Harry Kane for a penalty which the captain converted to put his side 5-0 ahead

Panama's Anibal Godoy fouls England's Harry Kane for a penalty which the captain converted to put his side 5-0 ahead

Panama’s Anibal Godoy fouls England’s Harry Kane for a penalty which the captain converted to put his side 5-0 ahead

John Stones (left) celebrates with captain Harry Kane after the defender scored his second goal against Panama today 

John Stones (left) celebrates with captain Harry Kane after the defender scored his second goal against Panama today 

John Stones (left) celebrates with captain Harry Kane after the defender scored his second goal against Panama today 

John Stones follows up Raheem Sterling's effort to put England into a 4-0 lead before half time against Panama

John Stones follows up Raheem Sterling's effort to put England into a 4-0 lead before half time against Panama

John Stones follows up Raheem Sterling’s effort to put England into a 4-0 lead before half time against Panama

John Stones of England celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal against Panama 

John Stones of England celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal against Panama 

John Stones of England celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s fourth goal against Panama 

Raheem Sterling heads towards Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo who saved the effort only for John Stones to follow up 

Raheem Sterling heads towards Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo who saved the effort only for John Stones to follow up 

Raheem Sterling heads towards Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo who saved the effort only for John Stones to follow up 

BBC pundits Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand expressed their delight at England’s emphatic first-half display against Panama.

Shearer said: ‘Sparkling. It was 45 minutes of sheer brilliance from start to finish. It had everything we wanted, set pieces are working so well again.’

Former Chelsea player Lampard added: ‘We were brilliant, did everything you could have asked. Panama are not at the level you expect, but you can only dispatch what’s in front of you and England have been emphatic.’ 

And Ferdinand said: ‘Clinical is what we were asking for and they’ve done that and they’ve been fantastic to a man. This Panama team wouldn’t sit well in our non-league in England, they’re that bad.’ 

England’s 2-1 win in their opening fixture on Monday was the most-watched TV programme of the year so far, pulling in 18.3million viewers on the BBC One coverage.

A further three million watched the game online via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport, making it the highest ever live viewing for any BBC programme online.

The audience eclipsed that of last month’s royal wedding which attracted a peak audience of 18million on UK channels.  

Banker Ed Forster, 27, from Newcastle, said: ‘We’ll smash Panama and keep going in this World Cup. Our young team is fearless. 

‘It’s great to be here. England fans have been in fine voice but it’s a shame many of us didn’t bring our England shirts on police advice as we were told there could be trouble.’  

Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard celebrate after the Manchester United player scored a wonder goal for England 

Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard celebrate after the Manchester United player scored a wonder goal for England 

Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard celebrate after the Manchester United player scored a wonder goal for England 

Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring a stunning third goal for England in Nizhny Novgorod with Ruben Loftus-Cheek 

Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring a stunning third goal for England in Nizhny Novgorod with Ruben Loftus-Cheek 

Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring a stunning third goal for England in Nizhny Novgorod with Ruben Loftus-Cheek 

John Stones heads in past Panama's goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to give England their fourth goal in Nizhny Novgorod

John Stones heads in past Panama's goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to give England their fourth goal in Nizhny Novgorod

John Stones heads in past Panama’s goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to give England their fourth goal in Nizhny Novgorod

Jesse Lingard of England scores his team’s third goal during their match against Panama on Sunday afternoon

Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson celebrates after the captain's penalty gave England a 2-0 lead in Nizhny Novgorod 

Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson celebrates after the captain's penalty gave England a 2-0 lead in Nizhny Novgorod 

Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson celebrates after the captain’s penalty gave England a 2-0 lead in Nizhny Novgorod 

Harry Kane's spot-kick flies into the net to give England their second goal against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

Harry Kane's spot-kick flies into the net to give England their second goal against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

Harry Kane’s spot-kick flies into the net to give England their second goal against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod 

England captain Harry Kane leads his side on to the pitch in Nizhny Novgorod for their World Cup match against Panama

England captain Harry Kane leads his side on to the pitch in Nizhny Novgorod for their World Cup match against Panama

England captain Harry Kane leads his side on to the pitch in Nizhny Novgorod for their World Cup match against Panama

Wives and girlfriends of England players watch on from the stands as the side made a flying start against Panama today 

Wives and girlfriends of England players watch on from the stands as the side made a flying start against Panama today 

Wives and girlfriends of England players watch on from the stands as the side made a flying start against Panama today 

England fans in Croydon Box Park in South London celebrate as the Three Lions score five first-half goals against Panama

England fans in Croydon Box Park in South London celebrate as the Three Lions score five first-half goals against Panama

England fans in Croydon Box Park in South London celebrate as the Three Lions score five first-half goals against Panama

Fans celebrate whilst watching in McCooley's sports bar, Liverpool, as England race into a 5-0 lead before half time 

Fans celebrate whilst watching in McCooley's sports bar, Liverpool, as England race into a 5-0 lead before half time 

Fans celebrate whilst watching in McCooley’s sports bar, Liverpool, as England race into a 5-0 lead before half time 

Jubilant England supporters celebrate as Harry Kane fires England 2-0 ahead as they watch the game in Newcastle

Jubilant England supporters celebrate as Harry Kane fires England 2-0 ahead as they watch the game in Newcastle

Jubilant England supporters celebrate as Harry Kane fires England 2-0 ahead as they watch the game in Newcastle

England celebrate at The Archway, Birmingham, as a scintillating England performance sees them demolish Panama in Russia

England celebrate at The Archway, Birmingham, as a scintillating England performance sees them demolish Panama in Russia

England celebrate at The Archway, Birmingham, as a scintillating England performance sees them demolish Panama in Russia

England fans at Croydon Box Park in South London watch on as England race ahead against Panama 

England fans at Croydon Box Park in South London watch on as England race ahead against Panama 

England fans at Croydon Box Park in South London watch on as England race ahead against Panama 

Jubilant England supporters watching the game in Newcastle celebrate as Harry Kane fires England 2-0 ahead

Jubilant England supporters watching the game in Newcastle celebrate as Harry Kane fires England 2-0 ahead

Jubilant England supporters watching the game in Newcastle celebrate as Harry Kane fires England 2-0 ahead

Gareth Southgate joins other England staff including U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd on the pitch before today's match 

Gareth Southgate joins other England staff including U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd on the pitch before today's match 

Gareth Southgate joins other England staff including U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd on the pitch before today’s match 

Marcus Rashford and Kyle Walker warm up while fans take their seats in Nizhny Novgorod for Sunday's World Cup match

Marcus Rashford and Kyle Walker warm up while fans take their seats in Nizhny Novgorod for Sunday's World Cup match

Marcus Rashford and Kyle Walker warm up while fans take their seats in Nizhny Novgorod for Sunday’s World Cup match

England captain Harry Kane leads his players in a warm-up ahead of their second World Cup fixture today  

England captain Harry Kane leads his players in a warm-up ahead of their second World Cup fixture today  

England captain Harry Kane leads his players in a warm-up ahead of their second World Cup fixture today  

An England fan takes his seat at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium ahead of Gareth Southgate's side's match with Panama

An England fan takes his seat at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium ahead of Gareth Southgate's side's match with Panama

An England fan takes his seat at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium ahead of Gareth Southgate’s side’s match with Panama

England fans show their support outside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium ahead of Sunday afternoon's Group G fixture

England fans show their support outside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium ahead of Sunday afternoon's Group G fixture

England fans show their support outside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Group G fixture

England fans gather at the stadium ahead of a Sunday afternoon kick-off against Panama in their second World Cup match 

England fans gather at the stadium ahead of a Sunday afternoon kick-off against Panama in their second World Cup match 

England fans gather at the stadium ahead of a Sunday afternoon kick-off against Panama in their second World Cup match 

England fans cheer in the stands before kick-off as the Three Lions take on Panama on Sunday afternoon in Russia

England fans cheer in the stands before kick-off as the Three Lions take on Panama on Sunday afternoon in Russia

England fans cheer in the stands before kick-off as the Three Lions take on Panama on Sunday afternoon in Russia

England fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere in Nizhny Novgorod ahead of today's Group G match against Panama

England fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere in Nizhny Novgorod ahead of today's Group G match against Panama

England fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere in Nizhny Novgorod ahead of today’s Group G match against Panama

England fan’s despair after leaving ticket at home 

An unlucky England football fan travelled thousands of miles to the World Cup in Russia – only to realise he left his ticket at home.

Douglas Moreton went to Nizhny Novgorod, Western Russia where he expected to attend the England v Panama match – but thinks he left the ticket in a drawer.

Devastated Douglas was appealing to anyone who might be willing to give him a spare ticket.

He bumped into ITV News editor Dan Howells who was staying in the same hotel as him.

Dan took pity on the ill-fate supporter and tweeted out an appeal to his followers in the hope someone might help. 

The chairman of the Football Association said he is ‘sad’ the numbers of England fans in Russia for the World Cup is lower than previous tournaments.

Greg Clarke said he had been ‘surprised’ by the open-arms welcome of the Russian people and the organisation of the tournament.

A leading football fan group, the Football Supporters’ Federation, said earlier this week the turnout for England 2-1 win over Tunisia was possibly the lowest for 30 years.

Mr Clarke said: ‘I am sad that there aren’t more English people here sharing this wonderful football festival because it has surprised me.

‘The efficiency, the welcome, just the warmth of the Russian people has really, really, impressed me. And I just wish more people had a chance to experience it first-hand.’  

England’s most-watched World Cup match of all time was their semi-final against West Germany in 1990, when 25.2million people saw Bobby Robson’s team beaten on penalties. 

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

England’s Group G rivals Belgium put on an impressive display on Saturday, scoring five against Tunisia to strengthen their lead at the top of the group. 

Southgate’s team will face the Belgian line-up in their final group match on Thursday evening in a match which will decide who takes top spot.

Deputy British Ambassador to Russia, Lindsay Skoll, defended the Government’s travel advice from accusations of ‘scaremongering’.

The Foreign Office had warned ‘heightened’ tensions between the UK and the Kremlin in the wake of the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury could mean supporters faced ‘anti-British sentiment or harassment’.

But Ms Skoll said: ‘I think the advice has been accurate and what I can see already in Nizhny is more than Volgograd and momentum is building on to Kaliningrad as well.’    

England fans cheer in the stands during England v Panama in the Three Lions' second World Cup fixture today

England fans cheer in the stands during England v Panama in the Three Lions' second World Cup fixture today

England fans cheer in the stands during England v Panama in the Three Lions’ second World Cup fixture today

The England and Panama teams line up for the national anthems ahead of their Group G fixture in Russia

The England and Panama teams line up for the national anthems ahead of their Group G fixture in Russia

The England and Panama teams line up for the national anthems ahead of their Group G fixture in Russia

The England team line up for their Group G match against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium today 

The England team line up for their Group G match against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium today 

The England team line up for their Group G match against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium today 

The Nizhny Novgorod ground fills up with spectators before England's second World Cup fixture against Panama today 

The Nizhny Novgorod ground fills up with spectators before England's second World Cup fixture against Panama today 

The Nizhny Novgorod ground fills up with spectators before England’s second World Cup fixture against Panama today 

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Kyle Walker (left) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right) arrive at the stadium as they prepare to take on Panama 

Fans at the Isle of Wight Festival today prepare to watch England's World Cup game on a sunny afternoon in the UK 

Fans at the Isle of Wight Festival today prepare to watch England's World Cup game on a sunny afternoon in the UK 

Fans at the Isle of Wight Festival today prepare to watch England’s World Cup game on a sunny afternoon in the UK 

England fans watch the World Cup match against Panama on the big screen at the Isle of Wight Festival back home

England fans watch the World Cup match against Panama on the big screen at the Isle of Wight Festival back home

England fans watch the World Cup match against Panama on the big screen at the Isle of Wight Festival back home

Cheerleaders pose with a fan outside the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium before the group G match between England and Panama

Cheerleaders pose with a fan outside the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium before the group G match between England and Panama

Cheerleaders pose with a fan outside the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium before the group G match between England and Panama

An England fan with the St George's Cross patterned into his hair carries a flag in Nizhny Novgorod today 

An England fan with the St George's Cross patterned into his hair carries a flag in Nizhny Novgorod today 

An England fan with the St George’s Cross patterned into his hair carries a flag in Nizhny Novgorod today 

England fans hold up a flag as they arrive early at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium for today's World Cup match with Panama

England fans hold up a flag as they arrive early at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium for today's World Cup match with Panama

England fans hold up a flag as they arrive early at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium for today’s World Cup match with Panama

England fans hold up flags as they prepare to watch Gareth Southgate's side take on Panama in a Sunday afternoon fixture

England fans hold up flags as they prepare to watch Gareth Southgate's side take on Panama in a Sunday afternoon fixture

England fans hold up flags as they prepare to watch Gareth Southgate’s side take on Panama in a Sunday afternoon fixture

England fans gather outside the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod before Gareth Southgate's side take on Panama 

England fans gather outside the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod before Gareth Southgate's side take on Panama 

England fans gather outside the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod before Gareth Southgate’s side take on Panama 

An England fan shows off his face paint with the St George's Cross as he gets ready to watch his side play Panama 

An England fan shows off his face paint with the St George's Cross as he gets ready to watch his side play Panama 

An England fan shows off his face paint with the St George’s Cross as he gets ready to watch his side play Panama 

Panama fans also flocked to Nizhny Novgorod's stadium to watch their side take on England at the World Cup on Sunday

Panama fans also flocked to Nizhny Novgorod's stadium to watch their side take on England at the World Cup on Sunday

Panama fans also flocked to Nizhny Novgorod’s stadium to watch their side take on England at the World Cup on Sunday

England fans hold drinks at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol as they watch the Three Lions' second World Cup fixture

England fans hold drinks at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol as they watch the Three Lions' second World Cup fixture

England fans hold drinks at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol as they watch the Three Lions’ second World Cup fixture

Fans hold drinks as they prepare to watch the England game at Ashton Gate in Bristol on Sunday afternoon

Fans hold drinks as they prepare to watch the England game at Ashton Gate in Bristol on Sunday afternoon

Fans hold drinks as they prepare to watch the England game at Ashton Gate in Bristol on Sunday afternoon

A graph showing the biggest television audiences for England World Cup matches, showing the most watched was West Germany v England in 1990, shown on both BBC One and ITV

A graph showing the biggest television audiences for England World Cup matches, showing the most watched was West Germany v England in 1990, shown on both BBC One and ITV

A graph showing the biggest television audiences for England World Cup matches, showing the most watched was West Germany v England in 1990, shown on both BBC One and ITV










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Author: Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.
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