England's Lingard, Stones, Loftus-Cheek and Young on Panama display

Harry Kane leads England into World Cup 2018 knockouts

Harry Kane leads England into World Cup 2018 knockouts

They will then go on to the quarter-finals, where they will play either the runner-up or victor of Group H, depending on where they finish.

But the Three Lions boss spoke repeatedly about the importance of harmony within his team and, though he didn't rule out changes in personnel against Roberto Martinez's side, he implied that the core of his winning team would remain intact.

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.

"We're not getting too ahead of ourselves".

Asked if his captain could hit the heights of a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Southgate said he had started "brilliantly" and praised him for staying mentally strong as he waited to take penalties while the Panamanian players argued.

"He's up at the top". We knew there was going to be more goals and we showed that confidence to go and get them. We had fun out there as well, which is important.

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When quizzed about Panama's aggressive style Kane said England had prepared for that but that Panama shouldn't be criticised because they were playing for their lives.

The winners of the meeting in Kaliningrad are guaranteed to top the group, but if the match finishes as a draw, the places will be decided first on fair play. If that was to dip we'd be nowhere near as effective. We've got that off the pitch, where everybody mixes with each other and shows that confidence in training.

"A ball to be proud of", Kane said of his third goal. "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.

"My thought is with the players who haven't played as much but I've got to consider everything before picking that team".

Legend Geoff Hurst was the hero on that occasion, scoring a hat-trick in England's most famous triumph. Panama paid the price for their petulant immaturity as the Three Lions ran riot and scored with what felt like every scoring opportunity they had before half-time - indeed, their first three shots on targets were all goals.

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