Southgate Not Satisfied Despite England’s Thrashing Of Panama


The Spurs ace followed up his double against Tunisia with another three goals for England as the Three Lions booked their place in the World Cup knockout stage with a resounding 6-1 win over Panama.

Incidentally, he is the first player to have scored a brace and a hattrick in his two consecutive world cup outings, after Gary Lineker in 1985 World Cup finals.

The Tottenham forward scored twice from the spot before a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot deflected off the striker's ankle in the second period.

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John Stones added two goals while Jesse Lingard curled in another to ensure England go into their Group G finale against Belgium level on points and with the same goal difference.

His five goals took him to the top of the World Cup Golden Boot scoring chart with five goals in two games ahead of the four scored by Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

It was the second hat-trick of the World Cup with Ronaldo having put the ball past David De Gea three times in Portugal's opening fixture.

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With Kane still only 24, the 6ft 2inch striker can get even better and boasts all the ingredients needed to go on and become the world's best striker and a potential Balon d'Or victor. "Their approach to training and the intensity of it meant that we were ready for this game. He's not just a player that stands up front and waits for chances and that's important within the ethic of the team we're trying to create". With the system we play, I thrive in that role and it's great to be around the lads and there's a great team spirit.

He even managed to douse the flames of the first media storm of England's World Cup on the eve of the Panama match - over whether journalists should reveal his team selections by recognising the press should not be cheerleaders.

"They have some outstanding individual players", he said. "I didn't like the start and I didn't like the goal at the end but I guess the bits in the middle were pretty good", Southgate told reporters after the game.

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"It's odd because I enjoyed the win against Tunisia more - because of the tension and the fact you get over the line", said Southgate. If you want to achieve anything in life you have to believe.