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England player ratings as Kane and Lingard destroy World Cup minnows Panama

After displaying their character to seal a last-gasp win against Tunisia, England kept a cool head to deal with Panama's rough-house tactics in sweltering Nizhny Novgorod, emphatically adding the clinical edge Southgate had called for after Monday's game.

Kane scored half of England's goals Sunday in a 6-1 rout of Panama, the national team's largest-ever margin of victory at the World Cup.

John Stones scored twice and Jesse Lingard claimed a beauty to go with Kane's two first half penalties as England went in 5-0 up at the break. In the second period Moussa Wague reestablished Senegal's lead but substitute Keisuke Honda pegged them back again. Those figures do not include the audience for the build-up and post-match coverage.

Southgate was far from thrilled with his side's all-round performance though, noting a sloppy beginning and ultimately conceding being the main negatives.

The way in which they played demonstrated the distance between the two sides, with Panama resulting to manhandling England's players in the box and scything them down through the midfield in order to stem the damage.

It brought two goals from corners for Kane against Tunisia and another superb Tripper delivery led to Stones' first goal, Panama's defenders too interested in dragging Harry Maguire around than keeping an eye on the Manchester City defender. In the past, a second game of the tournament akin to this, especially one against a debutant, had the right makings to turn into a potential banana skin for England.

"Just before halftime, the game was done", he said. England completed 25 passes in the buildup, the most in any World Cup match since 1966, according to Opta. For example, only two of England's six goals came from the run of play Sunday - as if that sort of thing matters, since set pieces play such a large role in big tournaments.

"We had fun out there, which is important", said Harry Kane.

It appears that England have a group of players who are individually talented, but are capable of collectively playing alongside each other.

In Russia, England has been trying to cast aside the negativity of the past while remolding the image of the team on and off the field.

Jesse Lingard, one of England's main men and a rising influence on the team, produced the moment of the match when he cut in from the left and let a curler fly in from range.

49' It's been a slow start to the second half, with Panama taking a more conservative approach to proceedings. Panama managed to hold Belgium until half time in their opener, however couldn't curb an England tornado that destructed the Latin Americans for 45 minutes.

World Cup - Group G - England vs Panama - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - Jun 24, 2018 England's John Stones celebrates scoring their fourth goal with team mates.

This was only the fifth time when a side had netted five goals before the half-time in a World Cup encounter, and this was the first since Germany did it against Brazil in the 2014 world cup semi-final.

"There are a lot of good players just behind me".

England picked up where it left off in Volgograd, with a corner from Kieran Trippier headed into the net in the eighth minute.

'I think they can go all the way. There's an opportunity as well that players that need a match, but also we want to keep winning football matches.

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