In what seems to be their best game thus far, England beat Panama 6-1. The only other time such a defeat took place was in 1999 when the boys in blue scored five goals before halftime against Luxembourg.
It is also the first time since 1950 that the team has won back-to-back. Their winning streak in this year’s World Cup might be perceived as peaking prematurely. Harry Kane kept supporters on the edge of their seats throughout the match, scoring goals left, right and centre. This victory was by far England’s biggest during the World Cup.
In the first half, the score was already 5-0 thanks to two penalties from Kane and a couple of headed goals from John Stones. Members of the press were checking the history books to see whether this was to be the biggest victory for the World Cup. In the 63rd minute, Kane delivered a magnificent hat-trick, after which Panama scored their only goal.
The biggest victory in World Cup history remains the Hungarians 10-1 win in 1982 against El Salvador. This proves that England is going to be a force to be reckoned with during this year’s World Cup and that they will certainly have no problem advancing through the knock-out stages.
With five goals, Kane is currently the leading scorer for this tournament. Gary Lineker holds the honour of the most goals scored throughout the ages for England. We are excited to see what the team has to offer after this impressive performance. Perhaps a win is in the cards for England this year?
Panama performed as best they could with excessive damage control implemented in the second half of the game. It was, however, the Brits who came out on top. Even though Kane’s hat-trick was unintended, it served them well.