England made light work of Panama in their second World Cup group match on Sunday afternoon.
Gareth Southgate’s side recorded a comprehensive 6-1 demolition of their Central American opponents in Nizhniy Novgorod, sealing their place in the knockout stages as a result.
John Stones and Harry Kane both netted a brace in the opening 45 minutes while Jesse Lingard also scored as England went into the half-time break 5-0 up.
Kane then scored his third goal of the afternoon just after the hour-mark and now leads the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.
The Tottenham striker, who scored both of England’s goals against Tunisia last week, now has more goals this tournament than Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have both netted four goals from their first two games.
Kane could have wrapped up the Golden Boot had Southgate allowed him to finish the game; however, he was subbed off shortly after wrapping up his hat-trick in order to keep him fresh for the team’s upcoming games.
The red-hot centre-forward admitted part of him was disappointed after the match, although he totally understood and respected his manager’s decision.
What Panama's players did while England celebrated goal
Footage has now emerged which shows the Panama players did something rather amusing after one of Kane’s penalties.
While Kane and his teammates were celebrating, Panama’s players rushed back to the half-way line and attempted to score from kick-off. Watch the remarkable footage here...
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the only England player in his own half, was stood in his six-yard box looking rather baffled.
The Panama player leading the break then ended up giving the ball to Pickford - although it might well have been an attempted shot.
Why Panama's players may have attempted this
Perhaps Panama’s players thought the ‘rule’ which was recently spread across social media about teams being permitted to take kick-off if every outfield player was off the pitch after celebrating a goal was actually true.
It’s complete nonsense, of course. The referee can only restart the match when all 11 players, or fewer if players have been sent off, are inside their own half of the pitch.
Still, you can’t blame the Panama players for giving it a go.
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