England surpass class of 1966 in Panama rout

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GETTY Gareth Southgate started his World Cup campaign with a win for England

When quizzed about Panama's aggressive style Kane said England had prepared for that but that Panama shouldn't be criticised because they were playing for their lives.

Stars of the entertainment world have reacted optimistically about England's World Cup chances after today's (June 24) victory over Panama.

England's captain became the tournament top-scorer with his fifth goal in two games on a hot afternoon in Nizhny Novgorod in which they comfortably qualified for the last 16 by dismantling their opponents.

The next tiebreaker is fair play - i.e. the amount of yellow and red cards accumulated by a team throughout the group stage.

Their previous best was four goals against West Germany in World Cup final 1996.

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Thomas Meunier put him in behind the defence and Lukaku tucked his shot away, celebrating with De Bruyne, who started the move. Unless Panama beat England in Sunday's Group G match, Belgium will be through with a game to spare while Tunisia will be out.

"We're still learning, but the mood's good and there's a lot of positivity so we'll take that into the next game".

# Only in 1966 (11) have England scored more goals in a single World Cup tournament than they have in 2018 (8 - also in 1954 and 1990).

"I've never understood how you manage a game to defeat or a draw because, if you did that, you'd manage a game to victory", Neville said. If my goals help, great.

There are arguments for and against rotation, though: Southgate will see the benefits of maximising fitness levels and squad harmony, but may also wish to keep this good momentum going.

The last time that happened was in Germany's incredible 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 semi-final.

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He agreed, saying: "We expected it to last 10 years, but it keeps going on, and on, and on". In between songs, McCartney autographs the Penny Lane wall and visits his childhood home.

"We go into the Belgium game wanting to win and I think that's just the natural thing in this group. They are architecturally handsome", Southgate said. We've been working hard at set-pieces, and it's nice to see them coming together.

"It's unusual because I enjoyed the win against Tunisia more - because of the tension and the fact you get over the line", said Southgate. What we did was to try to avoid a bigger catastrophe. "It's not every time you go through after two games, so we're happy with that".

"Over the next 36 hours or so we've got to decide what our priority is".

Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha did his best to grant Panama some good grace here - arguably more than they should have been permitted.

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