Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Harry Kane now top scorer, sets new record against Panama

Sergio Cook | 25 June, 2018, 04:25

Stones' opening goal was his first career worldwide tally, but the defender was tempered by allowing Panama to score their first-ever World Cup goal in the second half.

"We're extremely proud of each other really". "We knew it was going to be tough and they started pretty well but we've been working on our set-pieces, we've been working on the way we want to play and it's all coming together".

Sunday's game at the pulsating, riverside Nizhny Novgorod stadium eliminated the Central Americans from the World Cup with nine goals conceded.

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent global tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at halftime.

Harry Kane and John Stones provided the first occasion in 64 years of team-mates scoring a brace of goals each in the same half of a World Cup game.

Confidence is just flowing throughout this England side.

Up stepped the Spurs striker and his penalty was just ridiculous.

Kane's hat-trick was completed in weird fashion in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected off the English captain's heel into the net.

Former England worldwide Gary Neville has lavished praise on striker Harry Kane after his hat-trick in the World Cup on Sunday. He has scored all five of his shots on target.

"Confidence-wise, it was important that we were able to score goals".

Asked if Kane was displaying the levels of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Southgate replied: "Clearly the stage to do that is this one".

"We wouldn't swap him for anyone at the tournament in terms of number nines".

Panama's equal-sized army of red-shirted fans continued to dance and cheer on the "Canaleros" (Canalmen) to the end.

On the prospect of winning the Golden Boot, Kane said: "There's still a long way to go". The two Walters had scored their braces in the second half of the game, though.

It was the second hat-trick of the World Cup with Ronaldo having put the ball past David De Gea three times in Portugal's opening fixture.

Day 11 concludes with a clash between Poland and Colombia who both dropped their Group H openers last week.

Though limited in ability, Panama's forwards did get into space behind England several times, showing that even if they do have Kane up front, plenty of work is still needed in defence.

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