Harry Kane now top scorer, sets new record against Panama

Dean Simpson
June 25, 2018

England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday where victory would see them top Group G, but though finishing second could provide a more favourable route through the knockout stage, Neville urged Southgate's players to dismiss talk of the permutations and retain their focus. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

Kane became the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

Repino - Qualification for the last 16 secured with a game to spare, Harry Kane leading the race for the Golden Boot and a record World Cup win after thrashing Panama 6-1 - England could not have wished for a better start in Russian Federation. Fontaine went on to score 13 that year, the most ever in a single World Cup.

Portugal's Ronaldo and Belgium's Lukaku have four goals apiece.


In two games, he has scored all five of his shots.

Defender John Stones headed England in front in the eighth minute from a corner, losing his marker to angle home, before captain Kane made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute with a penalty after Jesse Lingard was pushed in the box by Fidel Escobar.

England manager Gareth Southgate has criticised the press after various media outlets published images showing the supposed line-up for Sunday's World Cup clash with Panama.

And while they posses prodigious talent in their ranks, Martinez's men struggled to break down a resilient Panama for 50 minutes in their opening group match, as it required a Dries Mertens' masterclass to open proceedings early in the second-half. The last time that happened was in Germany's incredible 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 semi-final.


The second-half was largely an anti-climax, with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling going close to making it seven.

Up stepped the Spurs striker and his penalty was just ridiculous. Kocsis and Fontaine were the top scorers at each of the World Cups mentioned, with 11 and 13 goals, respectively.

With Kane still only 24, the 6ft 2inch striker can get even better and boasts all the ingredients needed to go on and become the world's best striker and a potential Balon d'Or victor.


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