England dare to dream after record win

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England's captain became the tournament top-scorer with his fifth goal in two games on a hot afternoon in Nizhny Novgorod in which they comfortably qualified for the last 16 by dismantling their opponents.

Current World Cup top scorer on five goals after two games, Kane was then substituted for Jaime Vardy up front, to a standing ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans at Nizhny Novgorod.

The Tottenham striker scored his third and England's sixth, deflecting a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot into the net, before he was taken off and replaced by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

England take on Belgium in their final Group G clash on Thursday.

Sir Geoff Hurst was the hero on that occasion, scoring a hat-trick in England's most famous triumph.

Wayne Rooney stands alone with the global goalscoring record after he netted 53 times throughout his worldwide career, but already the 24-year-old has 18 and is eyeing the record.

Asked if Kane was displaying the levels of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Southgate replied: "Clearly the stage to do that is this one. We tried to keep the ball more in the second half and play in a more orderly fashion".

Two wins from two Group G games put England through to the last 16 in Russian Federation and left Southgate with the option to rest key players in his side's final group game on Thursday.

It's a World Cup and everyone is fighting for their lives.

"And John Stones is such a threat from set-pieces so we're delighted he's got two goals and he'll be buzzing about that".

"We are just enjoying it", said Kane. I've got complete trust in the players.

The last time that happened was in Germany's incredible 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 semi-final.

"I think it's important to keep momentum going and we'll do everything we can to prepare right for the next game and recover well. It's not every time you go through after two games, so we're happy with that".

"I was pleased the captain got his hat-trick because it meant he had the hump less when I brought him off!" quipped Southgate.

"We're a team who want to play and you see that on the pitch from the back to the front".

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