Twitterati can not wait for ‘clinical’ England’s thriller against Belgium

Tyler Owen
June 25, 2018

Both teams have scored eight goals and conceded two in the opening group games, putting them completely level.

Kane - who now has five goals in two matches - scored two first-half penalties as Gareth Southgate's side ran riot in Nizhny Novgorod, earning a 5-0 half-time lead. "We tried to keep the ball more in the second half and play in a more orderly fashion".

Sunday's qualification for the last 16 with a game to spare, Harry Kane leading the race for the Golden Boot and a record World Cup win after thrashing Panama 6-1 - England could not have wished for a better start in Russian Federation. "England is totally spectacular, a lovely team", said Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who went into the English changing room at half-time to congratulate Southgate.

"Not many players score a hat-trick at a World Cup, so I'm proud of it".

England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday where victory would see them top Group G, but though finishing second could provide a more favourable route through the knockout stage, Neville urged Southgate's players to dismiss talk of the permutations and retain their focus.

'It will be different because it doesn't matter if we win or lose, because we are through, so in that way, it's less nerves maybe going into the game for everyone.

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Southgate added: "He probably needs to add goals to his game to become a more complete midfield player I'd say". Stones has been in and out of Pep Guardiola's side since his £47.5 million move from Everton two seasons ago.

Ashley Young said he wasn't anxious that England would be able to refocus after a lopsided result against weaker opponents.

"It could have been a tough game but we started well". "You know that when he gets opportunities he'll bury them".

There will be no World Cup matches on Friday, with the Round of 16 scheduled to start Saturday evening, Thailand time.

Stones' opening goal was his first career global tally, but the defender was tempered by allowing Panama to score their first-ever World Cup goal in the second half.

"But I would have loved a clean sheet, I thought we defended so well and dominated the match and to not get a clean sheet is a bit disappointing".

"I've never understood how you manage a game to defeat or a draw because, if you did that, you'd manage a game to victory", Neville said.

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