Kane joins Lineker and Hurst as England canter to biggest win

Doug Mendoza
June 25, 2018

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.

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.

With a victory, England will join Belgium as the second and final team in Group G to advance to the knockout stage.

Kane's hat-trick was completed in weird fashion in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected off the English captain's heel into the net.

England are now above Belgium in the table as they have two yellow cards (-2) to Belgium's three (-3).

It marks only the fifth time that any country has scored five or more goals in a half at the World Cup, with the last such occasion coming in 2014, in Germany's 7-1 rout of Brazil.

This is the first time that England have scored six goals in a World Cup game.

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The pedestrianised street near the city's Kremlin was also packed with Russians enjoying a regular night out and families who came to soak up the World Cup fever.

Southgate's task now will be to keep his young charges' grounded, and guard against complacency whomever they face next from Group H's quartet of Japan, Senegal, Poland and Colombia.

A draw in Kaliningrad would mean the group winners would be decided on disciplinary records, with Belgium's three yellow cards to England's two so far meaning they sit in second place.

"We knew before the game it would be aggressive, and they'd do everything they could to stop us".

England went into half-time with a 5-0 lead and each team scored once in the second half, leading Southgate to say it was an odd game after the high emotions of Kane's late victor to beat Tunisia in their first game. Harry Kane with five goals to his credit is now the sole front-runner for the golden boot, ahead of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku who stand at four goals each to their credit.

Felipe Baloy's superb sliding effort from a free-kick snatched a consolation goal for the World Cup debutantes.

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