Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage

Harry Kane leads England into World Cup 2018 knockouts

England's football team banished the ghost of past national failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of Panama at the FIFA World Cup that included a hat-trick by Harry Kane and eased them into the last 16.

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

It is predicted a wave of fans will dash to Russian Federation ahead of England's last group game with Belgium on Thursday in Kalinigrad.

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.

"We wouldn't swap him for anyone in the tournament in terms of No9s", Southgate said afterwards. "There's still a long way to go", the 24-year-old said. We can go into the Belgium game with confidence.

Jamie Vardy replaced Kane after 63 minutes while the likes of Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck looked on from the substitutes' bench, and Southgate said the players with less game time under their belts in Russian Federation were in his thoughts.

"This is a top player, a world-class player - and we don't have many".

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England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his team's second and game-winning goal. It's hard to win a match in the World Cup against anyone.

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"We knew before the game it would be aggressive, and they'd do everything they could to stop us". I've got complete trust in the players.

Colombia's World Cup campaign roared back into life with a 3-0 win over Poland in Group H on a sweltering evening at the Kazan Arena which sent the Poles tumbling out of the tournament.

Ronaldo has scored over 50 goals in all competitions for both club and country this season, while Kane has posted very similar numbers having netted 41 times in all competitions for Spurs.

They will then go on to the quarter-finals, where they will play either the runner-up or victor of Group H, depending on where they finish.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker said England fans were justified in dreaming of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966.

"Confidence-wise it was important we were able to score goals", Southgate said.

"We would want to keep momentum and keep progressing as a team", Southgate added.

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