Lingard scores a screamer in England thrashing
Jesse Lingard netted his first-ever World Cup goal in stunning fashion as England romped to a 6-1 victory over Panama and booked their place in the last 16.
The United attacker was in the wars at the start of the match after receiving an elbow in the face and being upended by a late tackle. But he recovered from both challenges and it was Lingard who won the penalty for Harry Kane to emphatically score England’s second goal from the spot, following John Stones’s opener.
Lingard then struck, before Stones added a fourth from a brilliantly worked free-kick and Kane fired home another superb penalty just before the break. The England captain completed his hat-trick just after the hour-mark when Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot bounced off him and flew in.
Next up for England is a final group game on Thursday evening against in-form Belgium, with both sides determined to finish top of Group G.