England 6-1 Panama: 5 big talking points from Nizhny Novgorod

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     Gareth Southgate helped Emile Heskey when he was a young England star

Their blistering first-half display was also only the fifth time in FIFA World Cup history that a team has scored five or more goals in the first half.

England and Belgium face the peculiar prospect of finishing dead level in Group G. After two matches, they both have six points, a goal difference of +6 and eight goals to boot.

The England captain, now the tournament's top scorer with five goals, completed his hat-trick when a shot from Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected in off the Tottenham forward in the 62nd minute. "We wouldn't swap him for anyone in the tournament in terms of No. 9s", Southgate said.

Wayne Rooney stands alone with the global goalscoring record after he netted 53 times throughout his worldwide career, but already the 24-year-old has 18 and is eyeing the record. "It's not every day we get to go through after two games".

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent worldwide tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at half-time.

"It's an awesome feeling [to score in a World Cup] and even better that we won and we're top of the table".

England's final group game comes on Thursday evening when they take on Belgium in Kaliningrad.

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Colombia's World Cup campaign roared back into life with a 3-0 win over Poland in Group H on a sweltering evening at the Kazan Arena which sent the Poles tumbling out of the tournament.

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

"There's a lot of good players behind me, hopefully I can take it into Thursday's game".

Kane was billed as having all the ingredients to become England's hero before they departed for Russian Federation: leadership, big-game experience, a keen eye for a goal and the drive to be the best. "England is totally spectacular, a handsome team", said coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who went into the English changing room at halftime to congratulate Southgate.

Brazil are on course to top Group E, while the world champions salvaged their campaign with a last-gasp win over Sweden on Saturday evening.

"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.

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