Frank Lampard backs England to win the World Cup after Panama victory

Frank Lampard backs England to win the World Cup after Panama victory

Frank Lampard backs England to win the World Cup after Panama victory

Many are already tipping him for the tournament's golden boot - the player who scores the most goals in the World Cup finals.

8' GOAL! England 1-0 Panama - England corner swung in from the right by Trippier and finds Stones unmarked, and he buries his header.

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent global tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at halftime.

Behind three goals from captain Harry Kane, England obliterated Panama, 6-1, on a steamy afternoon here, qualifying for the knockout round with a win that may have said more about how poor an opponent the Three Lions faced than about how formidable they might actually be as this tournament rolls on.

England's biggest-ever World Cup win, which included two penalties by Kane then a deflection off his heel, also guaranteed Belgium's berth in the next round.

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But this was mostly a day to forget, and Gomez was brutally honest about his team's display, even admitting that Panama were "frightened" of England's attacking power.

"There's a long way to go and a a lot of good players just behind me (on the list)".

"It's important we finish top", he said. It could have been a tough game. We've got to enjoy this.

"The most important thing is that we're winning games", said Kane, a Tottenham striker.

The third goal was "probably one of the luckiest ones of my career, " he said.

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"Kane comes across like a one-club man, he's very happy where he is, he's got probably one of the best managers in the world [Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino], I don't see him travelling overseas..." And we got what we deserved. I remember four years ago, knowing how hard the lads had worked.

"Very odd because I think we probably at times played better the other night than we have done today, but today we were really ruthless in front of goal.

I think we were a little bit anxious at the beginning". "It's a nice decision to have".

"We wouldn't swap him for any other No. 9 in the tournament, such is his ability to take chances", the coach said.

"They seem to be gelling together though and that will create a great team spirit which could be unsafe". We've got to keep on doing that, keep showing our confidence and keep playing the way we have. The Manchester United forward played a 1-2 with Ashley Young and exchanged passes with Raheem Sterling before shifting the ball across and bending it into the top corner. "This could be the start of something good".

He will be disappointed that England conceded their only goal during his time on the pitch and he could not help the team see out a clean sheet.

Colombia welcomed James Rodriguez to their starting XI and the playmaker provided the assist for two goals while captain Radamel Falcao scored his maiden World Cup goal.

John Stones on scoring his first (and second) goal for England: "I think to score my first goals for England, that was something special, especially at the World Cup".

"We must acknowledge that we didn't see a great Senegalese performance tonight in comparison to the match against Poland", he saaid.

Lingard did get on the scoresheet in the 36th with the pick of the goals.

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.

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