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England fans love what Gareth Southgate said after England thrashed Panama 6-1

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England have got the whole world talking about their free-scoring performance against Panama at the World Cup.

The Three Lions slaughtered their Central American opposition 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod, Harry Kane notching a hat-trick to rise above Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot.

John Stones even popped up with not just one rare goal, but a brace for Gareth Southgate's men, Jesse Lingard netting the other goal with a stunning curling effort from outside the area.

It's a surprise the team came through the 90 minutes unscathed as Panama resorted to WWE-style tactics at times, which ended up backfiring as referee Gehad Grisha awarded two penalties - both of which Kane fired into the top corner.

The famous 'Three Lions' song by the Lightning Seeds blasted out around the stadium after every England goal, and fans are starting to believe that football really is coming home, despite the not-so-strong opposition they've had to face so far.

Southgate was far from thrilled with his side's all-round performance though, noting a sloppy beginning and ultimately conceding being the main negatives.

"I didn't like the start and I didn't like their goal at the end," Southgate stated to the BBC.

"I guess the bits in the middle were pretty good, but I am being hyper-critical.

England v Panama: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

"I just thought we were a little bit anxious at the start and it was a very difficult challenge because [Panama had] six at the back and three in midfield, and they pressed well off of that.

"Once we worked that out, I thought we played some really good stuff for 35 to 40 minutes, and of course the second half is difficult no matter what you say to the players.

"We talked about the importance of one more goal to be top of the group, so that's why the goal at the end is disappointing."

Very refreshing to see an England manager demanding more from the players despite such a dominating performance, and fans have noticed Southgate's demeanor and are lapping his words up.

Far sterner tests will come in the form of Belgium and the subsequent knockout games, but you can't blame the majority of the nation's fans for being on cloud nine.

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Harry Kane
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Romelu Lukaku
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