England fans drink in rare World Cup joy

England secures spot in World Cup round of 16 with win over Panama

England's Kyle Walker, left, vies for the ball with Panama's Blas Perez during the Group G match at the 2018 World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018.

The Central Americans, ranked 55th in the world, were put to the sword as Harry Kane scored a hat-trick, John Stones bagged a brace, and Jesse Lingard completed the scoring for the Three Lions. The goal was an example of Kane's precision and clinical acumen.

England manager Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup infrastructure and stadiums and admits he and his team have "been really looked after" in the country. He has now joined Gary Lineker in 1986 vs Poland and Geoff Hurst in 1966 vs West Germany in achieving this feat.

Kane, substituted to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans, was the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

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Kane's three goals moved him into the lead with five at this year's tournament, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku after two games.

Kane said: "I'm very proud".

He said his third goal, which came from a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot that deflected off the English captain's heel into the net, "was one of the luckiest of my career". "England is totally spectacular, a attractive team", said coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who went into the English changing room at halftime to congratulate Southgate.

England's second game of this year's World Cup got off to the best imaginable start this afternoon; John Stones heading England in front after only a matter of minutes.

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"This kid has worked so hard at his game that he's an example to any young player who gets a few knocks and questions whether they can make it".

"There are a lot of good players just behind me".

Panama might have been 6-0 down when they scored against England but that did not stop the fans present from celebrating wildly.

As is desperately obvious in global football, one world class player can make all the difference, and England fans are dreaming of Kane leading them to glory. There are others who we didn't get into the game.

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A left-wing Sanchez corner was completely missed by Al Owais, giving Suarez a simple close-range finish into an unguarded net. It also put host Russian Federation into the next round while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time .

If England draw against Belgium in their group-stage finale and manage not to book up more yellow cards then their opponents, then Southgate's men will finish top.

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