Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage

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A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane - which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals - two from John Stones, his first ever in an England shirt, and a beauty from Jesse Lingard completed the crushing victory. "We have been working on set pieces and working on the way we play and it is all coming together". He clearly had not reckoned on either just how good Belgium and England would be or perhaps quite how bad Tunisia and Panama are.

Sunday's qualification for the last 16 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.

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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"Not many players score a hat-trick at a World Cup, so I'm proud of it".

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Ashley Young said he wasn't anxious that England would be able to refocus after a lopsided result against weaker opponents. We want to keep momentum, we will have to think exactly about the team we want to put out against Belgium because there is an opportunity for players that need a match, but we also want to keep winning football matches.

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"It could have been a tough game but we started well".

It might have only been Panama, but England could hardly have been more impressive in thrashing their Group G rivals to make it six points from six at this year's World Cup.

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. "It's not something I thought I'd do at the start of the day".

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