Harry Kane Overtakes Ronaldo, Lukaku In Race For World Cup Golden Boot

Dean Simpson
June 25, 2018

England's forward Harry Kane (2ndR) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's sixth goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018.

England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games. "Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud of that".

Kane is now one goal ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the battle to be crowned top scorer.

Sunday's game at the pulsating, riverside Nizhny Novgorod stadium eliminated the Central Americans from the World Cup with nine goals conceded.

A win for Germany in their final group game against South Korea will see them qualify to the next round, though it will be as runners-up should Mexico avoid defeat against Sweden.

"We're always accused of getting carried away as England, but when we do have a player that I think every team in the tournament would want, we should get carried away; we should get carried away by him".

'The third one is probably one of the luckiest goals of my career, ' Kane said after the game.

Alli missed out on the match through injury but England certainly didn't miss him as they managed to destroy Panama 5-0 before the first half was even over.

Both goals came from the penalty spot, following Panama's rough-housing tactics at corner kicks.

John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another to ensure England goes into its Group G finale against Belgium level on points and with the same goal difference. England were dominant throughout, breaking through Panama's defence easily. "They are architecturally attractive", Southgate said.

Encouraged by the fine weather, football fans across the country opted to leave their sofas and enjoy the match in pubs and beer gardens across the country.

We suggest skipping the midnight matches as Group A comes to a close when Uruguay play Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia take on Egypt, given who progresses out of that pool is already decided. We've got to keep it going but, yes, you have to believe.

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