Harry Kane thrills with hat trick in rout of Panama


Brigid Simmonds, the Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said the World Cup had provided a welcome boost to the industry.

Harry Kane scored a hat trick in Sunday's 6-1 rout of Panama, giving England its biggest victory margin at the World Cup in its highest-scoring game since 1966. The last Englishman to achieve this feat was the Legendary Gary Lineker in the year 1986. The goal was an example of Kane's precision and clinical acumen. It was by far the most convincing win of the World Cup so far as Gareth Southgate's side knocked six, I repeat six, past minnows Panama.

Kane, substituted to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans, was the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

Kane's three goals included two penalties and a deflection he knew little about to move ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the Golden Boot race. "Top bins" as they say.

"So I think there are a lot of question marks, but I think what does remain is the fact that this on paper is one of the best teams at this tournament and if they get it right they can do very well". The captain netted two penalties and then got his heels on the end of Loftus-Cheek's strike. "There's still a long way to go", the 24-year-old said.

The party scenes on Saturday night were in marked contrast to Friday night, when few England fans had arrived in the city and Panama supporters created a carnival atmosphere. Not many players get to score a hat-trick in the World Cup.

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At home, Messi's face and number adorn billboards, masks and shirts around the nation. Kempes scored a brace in the final which finished 3-1 to Argentina after extra time.

Before, during and after the match, England fans have been getting carried away and why the hell not.

In other action, Japan and Senegal will go head-to-head in Group H action after they both picked up victories in their opening games.

If England draw against Belgium in their group-stage finale and manage not to book up more yellow cards then their opponents, then Southgate's men will finish top.

At least Balague saw the amusing side, who tweeted in reply to Neville just before half-time that England were clearly good against Panama.

England take on Belgium in their final Group G clash on Thursday.