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Nizhny Novogrod: Harry Kane may not have known much about his third goal against Panama on Sunday, but make no mistake, England have finally found the world class finisher they need to punch deep into worldwide competitions.

It marks only the fifth time that any country has scored five or more goals in a half at the World Cup, with the last such occasion coming in 2014, in Germany's 7-1 rout of Brazil.

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.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku are in second place with four goals each.

The English skipper has had a wondrous run in the world cup and after scoring a brace for the Three Lions in their opener earlier this week, he has registered another record under his name.

"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".


Two of Kane's goals came from the penalty spot and the third via his heel.

"We will send a protest to FIFA", Slavisa Kokeza said, unhappy a German referee was in charge of the fixture.

England took the lead in the eighth minute when John Stones powered home a header from a Kieran Trippier corner, held up by the referee because of wrestling and pushing by the Panamanians, something which was set to become a theme of the match.

"I think [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek and [Marcus] Rashford really change the game late on and I think really driving forward and driving forward with a ton of pace is very important for England", Dunfield said.

"Very odd because I think we probably at times played better the other night than we have done today, but today we were really ruthless in front of goal". Some have been a couple of weeks without a match and we're going to need more people ready as we get further into the tournament.

The goal - Panama's first at World Cup level - triggered an extremely emotional response in the stands. Currently, England have two yellow cards to Belgium's three, meaning they currently top Group G by the slenderest of margins.


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