Gary Lineker's tweet after Harry Kane's emphatic penalty summed it up

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate

Kane - who now has five goals in two matches - scored two first-half penalties as Gareth Southgate's side ran riot in Nizhny Novgorod, earning a 5-0 half-time lead.

The next tiebreaker is fair play - i.e. the amount of yellow and red cards accumulated by a team throughout the group stage. "We had fun out there", said current tournament top scorer Kane, calling his third "one of the luckiest goals of my life".

"Fantastic to be through and to do it this way is brilliant".

England's football team banished the ghost of past national failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of Panama at the FIFA World Cup that included a hat-trick by Harry Kane and eased them into the last 16.

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In the 72nd minute 19-year-old Moussa Wague put Senegal 2-1 ahead with a superb strike into the top corner for his first senior global goal.

"A ball to be proud of", Kane said of his third goal.

Legend Geoff Hurst was the hero on that occasion, scoring a hat-trick in England's most famous triumph.

Whatever the explanation for such a two-sided group, it all means a big quandary is looming for both teams on Thursday when there is a very definite theory that winning the match and topping Group G could actually create a far greater obstacle to reaching the final.

With Kane still only 24, the 6ft 2inch striker can get even better and boasts all the ingredients needed to go on and become the world's best striker and a potential Balon d'Or victor. "You go out there to win a game - the other bits are nonsense".

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Ashley Young said he wasn't anxious that England would be able to refocus after a lopsided result against weaker opponents.

"We knew before the game it would be aggressive, and they'd do everything they could to stop us". Incidentally, he is the first player to have scored a brace and a hattrick in his two consecutive world cup outings, after Gary Lineker in 1985 World Cup finals.

This is the first time that England have scored six goals in a World Cup game. "It's not something I thought I'd do at the start of the day. I think everyone feels that way".

"I've never understood how you manage a game to defeat or a draw because, if you did that, you'd manage a game to victory", Neville said.

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