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

Harry Kane hits three as England rout Panama 6-1, advance to World Cup last 16

It's a World Cup and everyone is fighting for their lives. The last Englishman to achieve this feat was the Legendary Gary Lineker in the year 1986.

The first goal came from Manchester City defender John Stones on eight minutes, who scored his first ever worldwide goal. The goal was an example of Kane's precision and clinical acumen.

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The game eventually ended 6-1, with Kane netting his hat-trick in rather fortuitous circumstances and Felipe Baloy scoring a consolation for the Central American outfit.

Kane is now one goal ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the battle to be crowned top scorer. "They are architecturally handsome", Southgate said.

"Over the next 36 hours or so we have to decide what our priority is and, for me, the harmony of the group is very high on that list", said Southgate, who allayed fears over Kieran Trippier's fitness and hopes to have Dele Alli available against Belgium.

Both goals came from the penalty spot, following Panama's rough-housing tactics at corner kicks.

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"He just can't catch a break at the moment, I think his confidence is down", added Runtwe.

And while they posses prodigious talent in their ranks, Martinez's men struggled to break down a resilient Panama for 50 minutes in their opening group match, as it required a Dries Mertens' masterclass to open proceedings early in the second-half.

"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". We've got to keep it going but, yes, you have to believe.

Intriguingly, it also means they are level on points, goal difference and goals scored with Belgium in Group G. The two sides meet in Kaliningrad on Thursday. The loss eliminated Panama and Tunisia, while putting Belgium into the round of 16.

As is desperately obvious in worldwide football, one world class player can make all the difference, and England fans are dreaming of Kane leading them to glory.

The England global ended up being one of the Red Devils' key players last season under Jose Mourinho as he broke into the first team and earned the trust of the Portuguese coach.

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