Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Kane praises team-mates after England cruise to 6-1 victory against Panama

A graph showing the biggest television audiences for England World Cup matches showing the most watched was West Germany v England in 1990 shown on both BBC One and ITV Jordan Henderson targets Belgium win and says England are ready for anyone
Jennie Wade | 28 June, 2018, 19:45

Gomez said he had no complaints about the two penalties awarded to England, both thrashed in by captain Harry Kane.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker admits Sunday's treble was one of the more fortunate of his career so far, with two first-half penalties supplemented by a ricochet off his heel from Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot in the second half.

England's impressive start in Russian Federation means they are already within sight of their record for goals at a World Cup.

In Group H, Colombia blew away Poland with a 3-0 win to bounce back from their shock opening loss to Japan and eliminate their European opponents. John Stones gave them the lead with a powerful and well-placed header, meaning all three of their goals in the tournament up until that point had come from corners.

Panama's coach Hernan Dario Gomez sought Gareth Southgate out at half-time to praise the England manager and his team after a superb first 45 minutes. He admitted feeling at home in England's new formation, while being happy to contribute from set pieces.

Given the way England started - and finished - their Group G opener against Tunisia, he should be.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku to recover from injury in time to face England
This match could well be a dud. "That would mean we top the group and we would go into whatever game we go into moving forward". If you do not play to win, you are cheating your opponents, deceiving those who are watching, and also fooling yourself.

Argentina striker Aguero snaps: Let Sampaoli say what he wants
Pablo Zabaleta has made shocking revelations about the emotional state of Argentina star player Lionel Messi's emotional state. The five-time Ballon d'Or award winners have not won the FIFA World Cup and continues to be a dream for them.

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Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with her partner Clarke Gayford and their new daughter.

It has been said by many that England will be better off finishing second in their sector because they would be more likely to avoid Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Following Belgium's comfortable win over Tunisia, England knew victory would see them through to the next round at the first time of asking. First, however, they have to get there.

Senegal and Japan are now best placed to escape the group after Poland and Colombia suffered defeats in their opening games.

A draw will mean the group will be decided by fair play and the team with the least yellow cards out of England (with two) and Belgium (three) will win it. And with the goals flying in and records being broken, there are reasons to be optimistic for this England team.

"Conceding five goals in the first half is too much and I said to my assistants at the break 'I'm starting to feel scared.' All we could do by then was to try and stop England from scoring more". Why not keep on dreaming?

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