England win over Panama attracts peak TV audience of 14.1 million

0:25                                            England boss Gareth Southgate has urged his squad to 'create their own history' in Russia

England's biggest-ever World Cup win, featuring two penalties by Kane then a fortuitous deflection off his heel, also guaranteed Belgium's berth in the next round.

Two penalties from Kane and two goals from John Stones, plus an impressive strike from Jesse Lingard gave England an unbeatable 5-0 lead at half-time.

England were 5-0 up by the interval and Kane's third goal followed in the 62nd minute and, after that, it came as a jolt that the only other goal came off a Panama foot. The Panama fans were dancing in the aisles of the Nizhny Novgorod stadium.

Now England is sure of a spot in the round of 16 with a game to spare in Group G. Panama, which offered little resistance, is leaving the tournament early after being eliminated along with Tunisia.

It was an amateurish display by the Panamanians, who could have been beaten by a double figure margin had England not eased off in the second half.

England are the kings of the set-piece so far at this World Cup, and it is something to be proud of.

But the goal-fest against Panama will not have Southgate getting ahead of himself.

For England fans, the pain of losing to Iceland in the 2016 European Championships and a first-round exit without a win at the 2014 World Cup, was finally slipping away. Boloy, the 37-year-old substitute, stretches his leg to reach Mila's free-kick and leave Pickford with no chance.

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One can carp that their opponents were minnows: Panama had English fans chanting: "Are you Scotland in disguise?"

Kane completed his hat-trick in the second half.

61' England are due a goal.

It was their biggest-ever World Cup victory - thoroughly eclipsing the 3-0 against Denmark in 2006.

Paces slowed down in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Which is advisable, given the score.

Great result that has proved many things about Englands ability going forward.

But there would be precious few chances - and even less goodwill - after Panama's tactics cost them in the eighth minute.

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.

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Harry Kane scores from the penalty spot against Panama. A brilliantly worked set piece. Trippier's short free kick was put into the box by Jordan Henderson, and Sterling's header at the goalkeeper fell into Stones' path.

The most passes before a goal in the Premier League was in 2012 when Liverpool scored a goal against Bournemouth which had 51 passes before Raheem Sterling hit the back of the net. It rebounded to Stones, who headed into the roof of the net.

This is the question that will now be asked - and one that can only be answered by performances against teams boasting more quality than Panama.

Panama's coach Hernan Dario Gomez seemed relaxed about that task though as he led a nation who were simply happy to have made it to the finals in Russian Federation. The captain converted the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner, which was nearly the same as his first one.

31' England still quite sloppy at the back and without playing well are cruising in this game.

England at times played through and around Panama as if they were not even there, debunking their midfield structure and slicing through their defence easily.

In Russia, England has been trying to cast aside the negativity of the past while remolding the image of the team on and off the field.

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