Southgate now has the option of resting key players for the match against Belgium. The situation is an interesting one as the winner of Group G could have the harder road ahead them than second place. England and Belgium are locked in on equal points and goals scored, meaning a draw could see top place decided by the fair play rule. Food for thought for Southgate ahead of next week.
England secure their place in the knockout stage of the World Cup with an emphatic win over Panama this afternoon. The result sends Panama out of the competition and draws the Three Lions level on points with Belgium at the top of Group G. Harry Kane became the third Englishman to score a hat-trick at the World Cup, scoring two penalties and a deflected goal. John Stones notched his first two international goals, heading home twice from set-pieces. Jesse Lingard also found the net, with a sublime effort that epitomised the performance of Gareth Southgate's men in the first half.
FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 6-1 PANAMA
90+4 mins: BLOCK! Rodriguez and Davis link up down the left and the full-back sends a cross into the box. It evades Baloy, but Perez collects and fires at goal. However, Stones is well placed to make the block.
90+2 mins: Sterling and Rose combine down the left flank, but the latter's cross into the box evades the run of Vardy in the middle.
90 mins: Henderson's flick almost finds its way through to Stones, but it just evades the defender, denying him the chance of a hat-trick.
89 mins: England have a final chance to whip the ball into the box from a set-piece as Young stands over the ball.
88 mins: England's offside trap fails them for the second time in the space of 10 minutes as Perez breaks in behind. However, England have enough bodies back to quell the opening.
86 mins: Avila sends another delivery into the box from the left flank, although on this occasion Walker rises to head clear of danger.
84 mins: The game is ending not where it started as both teams seem content with the scoreline. Panama have their goal, which has continued to see their fans cheering inside the stadium.
82 mins: WIDE! Sterling goes on the charge and curls an effort towards goal from the edge of the box, but his effort just drifts wide of the post.
80 mins: Pickford was furious with his defenders after the goal. Something for England to work on ahead of their contest against Belgium.
78 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! BALOY GETS PANAMA ON THE SCORESHEET!!! 6-1!! England fall asleep at the back as Baloy pulls of the back of their defensive lin from Avila's free-kick. He connects sweetly on the slide, directing his effort beyond the reach of Pickford into the bottom corner.
77 mins: Sterling brings down Cooper on the flank and it hands Panama a chance to whip a cross into the box.
76 mins: CHANCE! TORRES HAS TO SCORE! Rodriguez curls the ball to the near post and it's flicked on towards the run of the Panama captain. He connects with a low strike at the back stick, only to place his effort wide of the post.
75 mins: Rodriguez speeds down the left flank and whips a cross into the back post. Rose attempts to stab it clear, but concedes a corner in the process.
73 mins: WIDE! From the resulting free-kick Maguire wins the initial header before it's cleared into the path of Henderson. He goes for the strike on the volley, only to direct his strike inches past the post.
72 mins: Vardy attempts to latch on to a ball over the top, but Escobar covers across to make the intervention in the right inside channel. Murillo brings down Sterling on the charge and goes into the book. It hands England a free-kick in a threatening position.
71 mins: Kane is the third player to score a hat-trick for England at the World Cup, after Geoff Hurst in 1966 and Gary Lineker in 1986.
70 mins: Trippier has put in another good shift down the flank and he makes way for Rose, with Young switching to the right flank.
69 mins: Final changes by Panama, Arroyo enters the field to replace Barcenas. Gomez makes way for Baloy in the Panama midfield.
68 mins: Pickford was not impressed with his defenders after Panama's opening. He will be desperate to keep a clean sheet.
66 mins: CHANCE! Murillo breaks in behind the England defence to latch on to Barcenas' pass into the right inside channel. Pickford comes out to narrow the angle and make the stop.
64 mins: Loftus-Cheek makes another diligent turn in the final third, but his offload to Henderson is wasted as the midfielder scuffs the pass from his team-mate on the edge of the box.
63 mins: Kane times his hat-trick to perfection as he makes way for Vardy. Another England change as Delph comes on to ease the burden off Lingard in the middle of the park. Meanwhile for Panama, Godoy had a couple of moments in the first half, but now makes way for Avila.
62 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! KANE HAS A HAT-TRICK!! ENGLAND 6-0!!!! Kane gets his hat-trick in fortunate circumstances as Loftus-Cheek strike from the edge of the box strikes his heel and wrong foots Penedo to find the net. The referee went to the VAR to check for offside, but the forward was just on to notch his third goal of the game.
61 mins: Stones breaks forward from the back and opts not to slide a pass in for the run of Sterling. England are being more cautious in the second period.
59 mins: The Three Lions work the ball around the Panama half, but the final pass evades them on this occasion.
57 mins: England build down the right as Kane offloads towards Trippier, but the wing-back is caught offside as he collects on the flank.
55 mins: The tempo of the game has dropped significantly in the second half. England can afford to take it easy after their dominance in the opening 45 minutes.
53 mins: England are encamped in the Panama half and Loftus-Cheek wins a corner off the legs of Escobar.
52 mins: Kane is barged off the ball by Godoy and England win a free-kick in the Panama half.
50 mins: Walker covers at the back to stop a run from Godoy, but he concedes a corner in the process with a loose backheel.
49 mins: Kane releases Sterling in the final third, but the pass has too much pace for the forward to control as Penedo races out to make the challenge.
47 mins: Kane feeds the ball into Sterling in the left inside channel and he guides the ball towards Loftus-Cheek in the middle, but Davis gets there ahead of him to make the challenge
46 mins: The second half is underway!
The only concern for England is their discipline in the second half. Panama have been confrontational to say the least. A couple of players may have been fortunate to stay on the pitch, while Harry Maguire was drawn into an incident with Roman Torres on the brink of half-time. Gareth Southgate will have to monitor his team to ensure they keep their cool as Panama have nothing to lose at this point.
England have experienced a dream first half in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium against Panama, scoring five times. The Three Lions have been brilliant in the final third, although they have been aided by terrible defending by Panama. Harry Kane has scored twice from the spot, while John Stones has notched two headers from set-pieces. Jesse Lingard scored the best of the lot, curling a strike from the edge of the box into the top corner.
HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 5-0 PANAMA
45+2 mins: Maguire gets caught by the arm of Cooper, although the referee does not spot the incident. Torres then gets involved as the two collide. England do not want to get involved with Panama on their road to destruction here.
45+1 mins: GOALLLLLLLL!!! KANE CONVERTS!!! 5-0!! The England captain makes no mistake from 12 yards, hammering his effort into the top corner. It was the same place as his first strike.
45 mins: Escobar goes into the book for dissent after the decision was made.
43 mins: PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Kane is pulled down from the resulting corner by Godoy and the referee points to the spot. It's horrific defending by Panama.
42 mins: BLOCK! Loftus-Cheek cuts in from the right flank to combine with Sterling to tee up Lingard. He goes for another strike from distance, only to see his effort blocked behind by Escobar
40 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! ENGLAND HAVE FOUR!!! 4-0!!! Stones notches his second of the game, converting from close range with his head. It was a well-worked free-kick routine from the Three Lions as Trippier rolled the ball to Henderson. He curled a delivery to the back post for Kane to nod on. Sterling missed the first opportunity as Penedo made a fine close-range save. However, Stones was on the spot to head home.
38 mins: Escobar slides in on Kane in the final third and the referee awards a free-kick to England 35 yards from goal. Trippier stands over the ball
36 mins: GOALLLLLLLL!!!! LINGARD SCORES A STUNNER!!! 3-0!!! England have a third goal in the first half as Lingard curls a beauty into the top corner. The build-up was sublime down the left between Young and Sterling as two one-touch passes released the Manchester United midfielder into space. He curled a fine effort beyond the reach of Penedo into the net. England are in complete control.
34 mins: Henderson attempts to release Young down the left flank. He keeps the ball in play on the stretch, although despite the wing-back's best efforts it travels out for a throw-in.
32 mins: OVER! England win a free-kick for a foul on Sterling. Maguire breaks free down the left to head Trippier's cross at goal, only to direct his effort over the bar.
30 mins: Sterling makes a good run behind th Panama backline to latch on to Trippier's throughball, but Penedo just gets there ahead of the forward.
29 mins: Perez and Godoy combine in the final third and the latter is able to slide a pass through to Rodriguez. However, the winger sends his cross over the bar.
28 mins: Panama build possession from the back around the England half, but are stopped from moving further forward by a press from the white shirts
26 mins: Henderson lifts the ball over the top for Sterling's run into the box. However, the forward moves a fraction too soon and is caught offside.
24 mins: Kane is only the third England player to score three goals or more in a World Cup group stages, after Roger Hunt in 1966 and Gary Lineker in 1986.
23 mins: Loftus-Cheek trips Rodriguez down the flank and he goes into the book.
22 mins: GOALLLLLLL!!!!! KANE POWERS HIS STRIKE INTO THE NET!! 2-0!!!! England double their advantage as their captain holds his nerve from the spot. Panama did their utmost to try to put him off in the build-up, while there was another scuffle on the edge of the box between both sets of players. However, Kane held his nerve to strike into the top corner.
20 mins: PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Lingard goes down in the box under pressure from Escobar and the referee points to the spot. The midfielder latched on to a long ball and was prevented from shooting by the Panama defender.
19 mins: Panama put the press on England on the half-way line and try to force a mistake. Walker's long ball over the top for Trippier sails out of play.
17 mins: Sterling is late on Torres and play stops for the defender to receive treatment on the pitch. The referee is not helping matters between the teams by stopping the match for every infraction.
16 mins: WIDE! Murillo finds space in the final third and he cuts the ball across the edge of the box for Marcenas to strike at goal on his left foot. He connects sweetly with his strike, but it drifts inches wide of the post, with Pickford scrambling.
14 mins: Kane dispossesses Torres in the final third, but Panama are able to flood defenders back behind the ball before the England captain can threaten.
13 mins: Stones is the first Manchester City player to score for England in a World Cup game since Trevor Francis vs Kuwait in 1982
12 mins: England struggle to clear their lines as Rodriguez collects on the left flank, but he over hits his delivery into the box, allowing the Three Lions to clear the danger.
11 mins: Barcenas makes good progress down the right flank and sends a quality cross to the near post. However, Walker is there with an important block to steer it away from Perez.
10 mins: Cooper chops down Lingard in the centre circle and goes into the book.
8 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! STONES HEADS ENGLAND AHEAD!!! 1-0!!!! England take the lead from the corner as Stones gets free in the area and plants his header into the bottom corner. There was pulling and pushing in the build-up between Maguire and Gomez. However, Trippier put the delivery on a plate and Stones made the run before powering his header into the net. Stones scores his first international goal.
8 mins: Trippier surges down the right flank and wins a corner off the legs Davies. The full-back will deliver the cross into the box.
7 mins: Rodriguez flings himself to the ground on the left flank and Panama win their second free-kick of the match
6 mins: WIDE! Panama break with pace and find room on the left flank as Barcenas tees up Godoy for a strike at goal, but he places his effort wide of the post
5 mins: OVER! Marcenas gathers a clearance from Kane from 25 yards and goes for an ambitious strike at goal, hammering his effort over the bar.
4 mins: Trippier brings down Rodriguez down the left flank and Panama have a free-kick.
2 mins: Loftus-Cheek makes a surge down the right flank and sends a low cross towards Lingard. The midfielder collides with Gomez and goes down clutching his face, but both players are on the deck in the need of treatment. However, Lingard is back on his feet and we're back underway inside the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
1 min: We're underway!
5 MINS TILL KO: The teams are out at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium and the anthems are underway. Kick-off is just moments away!
10 mins till KO: Southgate will be determined for his side to progress to the knockout stage this afternoon, giving him the flexibility to make changes in the final group game against Belgium. England will not want to give Panama a sniff of a chance of pulling off the upset.
15 mins till KO: England are unbeaten in their last four World Cup games against CONCACAF nations (W2 D2), drawing the last two against USA in 2010 and Costa Rica in 2014. Their only defeat came in 1950 against USA.
England haven’t won consecutive games at the World Cup since their opening two games of the 2006 tournament.
20 mins till KO: Panama are unchanged from their defeat at the hands of Belgium. Perez maintains his place leading the line, while Torres and Escobar anchor the middle of the defence, hoping for a complete performance this afternoon.
25 mins till KO: There was much debate about England's team during the week after the press spotted a team-sheet under the arm of assistant coach Steve Holland during an open training session. However, Southgate has made just one change to his side from the opening match of the tournament, which is enforced. Alli has a thigh strain so he misses out and is replaced by Loftus-Cheek in the middle of the park.
Sterling retains his place partnering Kane in attack, although the Manchester City man will know that he needs an improved display on his performance against Tunisia to continue to fend off Rashford.
30 mins till KO: This will be the first ever meeting between England and Panama. Let's take another look at how the two teams will line-up this afternoon.
ENGLAND (3-1-4-2): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young; Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling.
England subs: Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Jamie Vardy, Jack Butland, Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Fabian Delph, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope.
PANAMA (4-1-4-1): Jaime Penedo; Michael Murillo, Roman Torres, Fidel Escobar, Eric Davis; Gabriel Gomez; Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Blas Perez.
Panama subs: Harold Cummings, Gabriel Torres, Ismael Diaz, Jose Calderon, Adolfo Machado, Valentin Pimentel, Abdiel Arroyo, Luis Ovalle, Luis Tejeda, Ricardo Avila, Alex Rodriguez, Felipe Baloy.
35 mins till KO: Panama played a solid opening 45 minutes against Belgium, frustrating Roberto Martinez's men in their opener. However, once Dries Mertens made the breakthrough it was all one-way traffic. Romelu Lukaku notched brace to deliver the three points, leaving Hernan Dario Gomez's side in desperate of at least a point this afternoon to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
40 mins till KO: Harry Kane guided England to the perfect start in their World Cup opener against Tunisia. The Three Lions skipper scored the decisive late goal to secure the three points for his side, heading home from close range in stoppage time. Gareth Southgate's men had dominated the match, but were heading towards a draw after Kane's opener had been cancelled out by Ferjani Sassi's penalty. However, England kept on plugging away to snatch it at the death.
45 mins till KO: Good afternoon and welcome to Goal's live blog of the Group G clash between England and Panama at the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Confirmed Team News
Confirmed England XI: Pickford; Stones, Maguire, Walker; Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Young; Sterling, Kane.
England subs: Welbeck, Delph,, Dier, Cahill, Jones, Rose, Vardy. Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Alli, Butland, Rashford
Confirmed Panama XI: Penedo; Murillo, Escobar, R Torres, Davis; Gomez, Godoy, Cooper, J Rodriguez, Barcenas; Perez.
Panama subs: Calderon, Pimentel, Ovalle, Rodriguez, Machado, Diaz, Arroyo, Avila, Baloy, Tejada, Cummings, Torres
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