Kane scores hat-trick to send rampant Three Lions into last 16 of World Cup 2018

John Stones also scored twice for England at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium as they ran riot in the first half

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Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England secured their best ever World Cup win with a crushing victory over Panama.

The 6-1 success at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium sends the Three Lions into the last-16 in sensational style and has fans both in Russia and back home dreaming of glory this summer.

Manchester City defender John Stones was also at the double for England with Jesse Lingard scoring a stunner.

The win means England and Belgium going into Thursday’s final Group G encounter with both sides already in the knockout stages.

Stones opened the scoring for England, heading home unmarked from another excellent set-piece from Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier.

Harry Kane of England scores a penalty (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Harry Kane celebrates (Image: AFP)
Harry Kane celebrates with the match ball (Image: PA)

Kane doubled England’s lead and got his third goal of the tournament soon after Jesse Lingard had been felled inside the area.

The England skipper made no mistake from the spot, lashing into the top corner.

Lingard, who had been the standout performer early on, got his name on the scoresheet with a fine goal.

He played a neat one-two with Raheem Sterling before curling an unstoppable finish into the top corner.

Jesse Lingard of England scores (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Lingard celebrates his goal (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

England were rampant and they had their fourth just minutes later through defender Stones.

Panama stood and watched an intricate set piece that involved Trippier, Kane and Jordan Henderson before Sterling’s header was saved.

But the ball fell to Stones, who headed in his second of an excellent first half.

John Stones of England scores his team’s fourth goal (Image: Getty Images Europe)
John Stones of England celebrates (Image: Getty Images Europe)
John Stones celebrates (Image: Getty Images Europe)

It got even better for Gareth Southgate’s men as they were awarded another penalty before the break.

Kane was dragged to the ground inside the area and dusted himself down to fire his spot kick into the net and make it 5-0.

Panama managed to regain some composure after half-time but they could do little about England’s third.

Harry Kane scoring a penalty against Panama
Harry Kane scoring a penalty against Panama (Image: Daily Mirror)
England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek shoots at goal (Image: REUTERS)
Harry Kane celebrates (Image: AFP)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s effort flicked off the heel of Kane, who claimed the goal and the matchball.

It was Kane’s final act as he was replaced by Jamie Vardy but Panama managed a memorable moment of their own as Felipe Baloy scored their first ever World Cup goal.

TEAMS

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier (Rose 70), Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Young, Lingard (Delph 63), Sterling, Kane (Vardy 63)

Panama: Penedo, Murillo, Escobar, Torres, Davis, Barcenas (Arroyo 69), Cooper, Gomez (Baloy 69), Godoy (Avila 63), Rodriguez, Perez

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