World Cup: Harry Kane hat-trick as England Crush Panama

Harry Kane netted a hat-trick as England blitzed debutants Panama 6-1 to advance to the last 16 with a game to spare.

Kane, 25, became the third England player to score a hat-trick in World Cup finals and the first since Gary Lineker in 1990 as the Three Lions join Belgium atop group G and in the knockout rounds.

John Stones opened the scoring with a thumping header off a corner-kick in the 8th minute, and Kane made it 2-0 from the spot in the 22nd minute after Jesse Lingaard was upended in the box.

Lingaard got in on the act in the 36th minute with a delightful strike into the top corner before further strikes from Stones, after a well-worked free-kick and Kane from the spot again made it 5-0 for England in a whirlwind first-half.

With the points secured, Gareth Southgate’s men took their foot off the pedal in the second-half but Kane still managed to get his hat-trick after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot deflected off him and past a hapless Jaime Penedo in Panama goal.

There was a moment of joy for Panama however when substitute Felipe Baloy scored their first ever World Cup goal with 12 minutes remaining.

England will next take on star-studded Belgium in a top-of-the-table clash while Panama play their last game against already-eliminated Tunisia.

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