England run rampant in Russia, netting 6 past Panama

England moves onto the Round of 16s and will play Belgium in their final group stage match to see who will be the leaders of Group G. (Reuters)

England prove why they are one of the favorites to win the World Cup in Russia after beating Panama 6-1 in their second group stage match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday.

Manchester City’s John Stones opened the scoring from a corner kick taken by Trippier. Stones was able to lose his marker to head home an easy goal after just eight minutes into the game.

England skipper was next on the scoresheet after scoring a penalty past Panama goal keeper Penedo.

Young Manchester United Winger Jesse Lingard was next after finishing off a beautiful counter-attacking move with a splendid curling effort from outside the box.

Stones found himself on the scoresheet again after latching onto a defected ball and heading it home, scoring his second of the evening and Englands fourth.

England was once again awarded a penalty due to a very blatant foul inside the penalty box during a corner. Kane dispatched the penalty with authority and gave England five goals before the break.

The Three Lions slowed down the game in the second half, keeping the ball as much as possible, but Kane was determined to be the third English player  ever to get a hat-trick in a World Cup.

Youngster Reuben Loftus-Cheek let a shot rip from outside of the box but the ball deflected off the England captain before finding its way in the back of net, giving Harry Kane the hat-trick and the golden boot under very bizzare conditions.

However, Panama were not prepared to exit their maiden tournament without scoring a goal and veteran player Felipe Baloy scored after latchning onto a free kick taken by Avila in the 77th minute.

The English then took over control again of the game and started moving the ball well, not giving Panama a chance to score again.

This result means England moves onto the Round of 16s and will play Belgium in their final group stage match to see who will be the leaders of Group G.

Panama now only have pride to play for as they take on already eliminated Tunisia.

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