World Cup: England fire six past Panama as Kane bags historic hat-trick
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In streets all over England tonight, you will undoubtedly hear the chant ‘football’s coming home’ as fans celebrate England’s qualification to the World Cup’s final 16. Despite being dogged with concerns over leaked tactics and a slight injury to Dele Alli, Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions dominated Panama in the first half, before finally seeing off the victory in the remaining 45 minutes. Having shaken off his markers, Manchester City’s John Stones opened up the scoring with a well-placed header in the 8th minute of the game, slightly easing English nerves. With haunting memories of Iceland’s victory in the 2016 Euro’s hanging in the air, where the Icelandic players came back to nick the game from being 1-0 down early on, England looked to solidify their early lead. The perfect opportunity presented itself to the Three Lions when Lingard’s run was cut short inside the Panamanian penalty area, gifting England their first penalty. The England skipper, Harry Kane, expertly struck the ball into the back of Panama’s net, demonstrating his class and poise behind the ball. Lingard’s expert shot gave England fans even more reason to celebrate, as well as casting off any doubt that he fell short of being a world class player, scoring a goal that was up there with Kroos’ and Ronaldo’s The
36th minute stunner came into fruition from a well-placed 1-2 with Sterling, whereby Lingard curled the ball into the top corner, from outside the penalty box. Lingard then followed up with one of his famous celebrations, giving the Three Lions fans even more to cheer for.
It was clear that frustration was creeping into the Panama game, as more and more fouls started to be made on the English. With another being committed in the Panamanians half, England managed to extend their lead further.
Trippier played a short pass out to Jordan Henderson who fired the ball into the penalty area where Kane headed the ball to Sterling. Sterling’s header was deflected off of Panama’s keeper, Penedo , and Stones managed to get his head to the ball one last time for a final touch into the back of the net.
With England having already secured their highest scoreline in a World Cup match ever, it looked as though the scoring would ease off, but that notion was to be dismissed yet again.
face Belgium on Thursday, a game which is likely to see both sides resting players for the matches ahead and both sides already celebrating their progression in the final rounds of the competition, meaning anything could happen in the final qualifying match.
Media Credit - Flickr Commons, Alex McGibbon. FIFA.
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