Captain Kane gives team hope of World Cup glory

Gareth Southgate England

"Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud".

The BBC announced on Monday that 14.1m watched on BBC One - an audience share of 82.9 per cent - and there were 2.8m live stream requests across BBC online.

England destroyed Panama 6-1 in a dramatic World Cup Group G encounter that takes the team to the second round with a game to spare.

Defender John Stones headed England in front in the eighth minute from a corner, losing his marker to angle home, before captain Kane made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute with a penalty after Jesse Lingard was pushed in the box by Fidel Escobar. Those figures do not include the audience for the build-up and post-match coverage.

But, whichever side takes to the pitch in Kaliningrad, Henderson is certain the only thing on their minds will be securing a 100 per cent record in Group G.

His energy, pace and direct running caused the opposition all kinds of problems - as was demonstrated by the part he played in the second goal, winning England's first penalty after being sent sprawling in the box.

Another long-standing England strength is aerial power, and centre-half John Stones revealed in the build-up to the Panama game that the team had been working hard on set-pieces, in particular corners.

Henderson has started both of England's group games so far in Russian Federation.

Of course, the Premier League itself is a fusion of styles and influences drawn from across Europe and around the world, and Southgate, a regular spectator at games across the country, has drawn on many of them.

Pundits put it down to great team spirit and England fan Jack Sprange likes what he sees with Gareth Southgate's side.

But no team's defence looks like a bulwark at this World Cup. For example, only two of England's six goals came from the run of play Sunday - as if that sort of thing matters, since set pieces play such a large role in big tournaments. "But if my goals can help the team win, then that's the ideal situation", Kane said.

With four points from their opening two games, both teams can qualify but need points from their final group matches on Friday (NZT), when Senegal face Colombia and Japan meet Poland.

Poland and Colombia round off the second round of group matches in the late game in Kazan, both knowing they dare not lose if they want to retain any realistic hope of progressing. He also has 18 for England's national team, one more than Beckham. "He's at the end of his career and he's going to retire from the national team, and God gave him the opportunity because of his professionalism to have this handsome goal".

Panama's lopsided 6-1 defeat against England came with a silver lining for the football minnow's crazed fans, who celebrated the nation's first World Cup goal as if they had won the final. "The result makes us sad, but the first goal is important".

England skipper was next on the scoresheet after scoring a penalty past Panama goal keeper Penedo.

"That's his decision, I guess, but obviously I want to play".

This must be England's key to success as the opposition have no idea who they will be up against!

In his position, I would make maybe one or two changes and bring in, say, Danny Rose at left wing-back and Marcus Rashford into attacking midfield.

I think it's a game everybody has been looking forward to.

Japan, who beat 10-man Colombia in their first match in Russian Federation, dug deep in Yekaterinburg, coming back twice in an entertaining match.

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