Jermain Defoe sends message to Harry Kane after England heroics

Doug Mendoza
June 24, 2018

England recorded their largest-ever victory in World Cup history on Sunday, demolishing Panama to reach the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

"It's wonderful, I'm extremely proud". Portugal, oddly, scored only one goal in the first half and six in the second - and then did not score again for the rest of the tournament, knocked out in the round of 16 by Spain.

England will now play Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with the victor of that match advancing from the group in first place.

The team are growing into the competition, and it's not gone unnoticed that the past two World Cups have seen the tournament winners come from the nation where Pep Guardiola is coaching at the time. Tunisia were also knocked out. Panama are not at the level you expect, but you can only dispatch what's in front of you and England have been emphatic'. A header from a corner by John Stones, a penalty from Kane and a handsome strike from the edge of the box by Jesse Lingard set them on their way.

Lingard made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with a lovely strike from just outside the area before Stones nodded in his second and England's fourth from a cleverly worked free kick routine. Anibal Gody resorted to trying to wrestle Kane to the ground, only to concede a penalty that was converted by the Tottenham striker.

Sandor Kocsis, who finished with 11 goals in that year's tournament, had a hat trick and Ferenc Puskas and Peter Pelotas had two goals for eventual runners-up Hungary, who defeated West Germany 8-3 in their next game before incredibly losing 3-2 in the rematch in the final.

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"It's one to be proud of", he said of the adidas Telstar 18. He's started brilliantly. The penalty, some dismiss as being easy, but the length of time he had to wait to take it, the distractions to keep focused and refocus. "It's been really good, we've been taken care of in Russian Federation", he added.

Panama's equal-sized army of red-shirted fans danced and cheered on the "Canaleros" (Canalmen) to the end.

DF Ashley Young, 6 - Unremarkable on the left as Trippier carved Panama open from the opposite flank.

"It could have been an even bigger score". "Confidence wise it was important that we were able to score goals".

Day 11 concludes with a clash between Poland and Colombia who both dropped their Group H openers last week.

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