Harry Kane: 'It's all coming together for England' after Panama rout

Harry Kane: 'It's all coming together for England' after Panama rout

Harry Kane: 'It's all coming together for England' after Panama rout

England's captain became the tournament top-scorer with his fifth goal in two games on a hot afternoon in Nizhny Novgorod in which they comfortably qualified for the last 16 by dismantling their opponents.

In just two World Cup appearances, Tottenham striker Kane now has as many World Cup goals as Lionel Messi after backing up his double to beat Tunisia with the first World Cup hat-trick from an Englishman since Gary Lineker in 1986.

He said his third goal, which came from a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot that deflected off the English captain's heel into the net, "was one of the luckiest of my career".

The 6-1 scoreline was matched at [280.0] in the Correct Score 2 market, and England, with an equal goal difference to Belgium, can now be backed at [1.7] to win Group G (Belgium [2.3]). "Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud of it. We wouldn't swap him for anyone in the tournament in terms of No. 9s", Southgate said. "Their approach to training and the intensity of it meant that we were ready for this game".

The renewed support is said to be down to fears of Russian hooligans being overblown and optimism about the chances of Gareth Southgate's squad.

"He's up at the top (of the list of great players)".

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"I'm so, so proud of the boys, we're just enjoying it, just enjoying being here", Kane told the BBC. You know when he gets opportunities he's going to bury them, but important in that is the way he sacrifices himself for the team, holds the ball up and contributes to the overall game.

England top the group on fair play, meaning they only need a draw against Belgium to stay top, so long as they do not pick up more bookings in the final group game.

"England v Belgium is always an exciting game to watch for the fans so I think we want to go in and put on a good performance for the fans, but also ourselves".

The last time that happened was in Germany's incredible 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 semi-final.

Kane was billed as having all the ingredients to become England's hero before they departed for Russian Federation: leadership, big-game experience, a keen eye for a goal and the drive to be the best.

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