England recorded their biggest ever win at a World Cup finals on Sunday when they beat Panama 6-1.
Two penalties from Harry Kane, a John Stones double and Jesse Lingard’s wonder strike saw Gareth Southgate’s team take an insurmountable and record-breaking 5-0 lead before half-time.
Kane completed his hat-trick shortly after the hour mark to go top of the tournament’s goal chart and make Felipe Baloy’s late consolation nothing to worry about as the Three Lions eased into the last 16.
It is the first time England have scored more than three goals in a single match on the big stage since they won the World Cup in 1966 and is their biggest win since they beat Denmark 3-0 in 2002.
However, the result falls four goals short of the tournament’s record, set by Hungary when they beat El Salvador 10-1 in 1982.
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Now on eight goals after two games, the 2018 World Cup has been their most fruitful in front of goal since 1966.
And each goal was vital for Southgate’s side as it drew them closer to Belgium, who impressed with a 5-2 win over Tunisia on Saturday to go top of Group G, only for England to edge into first place by virtue of being shown fewer yellow cards.
Now level on points and goals scored and conceded, the two will battle it out for the top spot in the final game of the round on Thursday, June 28.