Dele Alli to miss England's World Cup game against Panama

Gareth Southgate England

As England celebrated Harry Kane's first penalty goal on 22 minutes, Panama players raced to halfway to restart play with only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford between them and the English goal.

Despite the Central American team living up to their expected role of group whipping boys, the "football is coming home" chants came out in force following the game.

Panama were beaten 3-0 by Belgium in their opener, but were completely blown away by England in Novgorod. Even locals were supporting the team in Nizhny Novgorod, despite the bitter diplomatic relations between Russian Federation and Britain. But in that, he had already scored a hat-trick that catapulted him to the top of the goals scored table in Russian Federation 2018.

That was before Felipe Baloy made history for the World Cup debutants, scoring their first World Cup goal.

"Let's go and enjoy it again".

England will have to wait until the Group H teams have qualified on Thursday to find out who they will play next.

They needed a statement win ahead of their scheduled meeting against Belgium, and they definitely did so with the 6-1 victory.

Though limited in ability, Panama's forwards did get into space behind England several times, showing that even if they do have Kane up front, plenty of work is still needed in defence.

Nobody would have thought that after just two games, England would have scored eight goals.

The 32-year-old Honda also scored at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

In just two games, he's already England's third highest goalscorer in World Cups - only Lineker and Geoff Hurst, who top-scored in 1966, are above him.

England have never scored five goals at a World Cup before, and the statistic becomes even more remarkable when it is considered that the goals were scored across 45 minutes, at a rate of one every nine minutes.

"Something like this can be a big moment in the tournament".

Japan 2, Senegal 2 Keisuke Honda sat on the bench for 72 minutes, knowing a goal would make him the first Japanese player to score at three World Cups.

Kane was dragged to the deck from a corner as they employed grappling techniques UFC fighters would be proud of, but Hernan Dario Gomez's side forgot to mark Stones and the Manchester City centre-back headed home his first global goal.

Kane is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals, though he said there was a long way to go with plenty of other stars in the field, and that was hardly what he cared about most. The centre-half used his head brilliantly to not only score but to defend very well against an aggressive Panama side.

With the Red Devils strength in depth, he will know that this will be their first real test against a fellow contender and an important one for his fringe players should he opt for wholescale changes.

As well as the last 16, England is also on course for its biggest win at the World Cup.

However, the result falls four goals short of the tournament's record, set by Hungary when they beat El Salvador 10-1 in 1982.

"The difference of goals could have been more", Gomez said. So England weren't THAT good yesterday!

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