England down Panama as Kane leads race for World Cup Golden Boot

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Harry Kane celebrates goal against Panama - AFP
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Nizhniy Novgorod: England’s Harry Kane rocketed to the top of the 2018 World Cup goalscoring charts on Sunday, netting a hat-trick against Panama to overtake Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

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.

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.

England defeated Panama in the important game convincingly by 6-1, courtesy of Harry Kane’s hat-trick and John Stones’ two and Jesse Lingard’s one goal.

England look certain to qualify for the last 16 along with Belgium, whom they face in their final Group G fixture on Thursday.

Portugal’s Ronaldo and Belgium’s Lukaku have four goals apiece.

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