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England's Harry Kane wants to start vs. Belgium as Gareth Southgate considers rotating squad

Free-Kick: Race for Golden Boot heats up as Kane overtakes Ronaldo and Lukaku
Paul Mariner reveals his grades for England's starting XI vs. Panama and explains why they can't let up despite having already advanced.
Harry Kane's hat trick spurred England to a 6-1 victory over Panama, securing the Three Lions' place in the round of 16.
Gab Marcotti details how the "luckiest goal" of Harry Kane's career put him in elite company and Panama making history despite England winning 6-1.

Harry Kane has said he is keen to get the chance to continue his prolific scoring form when England take on Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with Gareth Southgate considering his team selection.

The two sides have qualified from Group G with a game to spare, and both Roberto Martinez and Southgate indicated they could rotate heavily in order to protect players carrying injuries or at risk of suspension.

Kane shot to the top of the World Cup scoring charts with his hat trick against Panama on Sunday,...

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Ex-U.S. coach Bruce Arena: Panama's penalties never called in CONCACAF qualifying

The FC crew respond to ex-USMNT coach Bruce Arena coming out of the woodwork with grievances about Panama's penalties vs. England, and how they would've gone uncalled in CONCACAF.
Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena explains why he believes the United States missed the World Cup and the changes he'd like to see in U.S. Soccer.

Former United States coach Bruce Arena believes the two penalties that England earned in their 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama on Sunday would not have been given in CONCACAF qualifying.

Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha awarded England a pair of penalties when Fidel Escobar and Roman Torres knocked over Jesse Lingard, and when Anibal Godoy wrestled Harry Kane to the ground. That led to two successful spot kicks by Kane as England built a 5-0 lead.

But Arena, who took over midway through the U.S.'s World...

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Gareth Southgate wouldn't swap Harry Kane for anyone after hat trick

England dominated with a five-goal outburst in the first half and Harry Kane completed his hat trick in the second half en route to a 6-1 win over Panama.
England might have made it look easy against Panama, but Stevie Nicol cautions the Three Lions to not get carried away ahead of their crunch clash with Belgium.
Gab Marcotti details how the "luckiest goal" of Harry Kane's career put him in elite company and Panama making history despite England winning 6-1.

Gareth Southgate was full of praise for England's hat trick hero Harry Kane, saying he "wouldn't swap him for anyone in the tournament" after the Three Lions' 6-1 World Cup win over Panama on Sunday.

Kane's three goals included two penalties and a deflection he knew little about to move ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the Golden Boot race.

Asked how Kane compared to the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Southgate said the Tottenham man was on par in terms of pure striking ability.

"Look,...

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Panama boss felt 'scared' vs. 'beautiful' England during heavy loss

Gab Marcotti details how the "luckiest goal" of Harry Kane's career put him in elite company and Panama making history despite England winning 6-1.
England might have made it look easy against Panama, but Stevie Nicol cautions the Three Lions to not get carried away ahead of their crunch clash with Belgium.
England dominated with a five-goal outburst in the first half and Harry Kane completed his hat trick in the second half en route to a 6-1 win over Panama.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- Panama were swept aside by a "beautiful" England, said coach Hernan Dario Gomez on Sunday, heaping praise on Gareth Southgate's side after seeing his team thrashed 6-1 in the World Cup Group G clash.

Gomez gushed over the record-breaking England performance at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, which was the most one-sided result of the tournament in Russia.

The rout saw England through to the next stage, eliminating the World Cup debutants and handing Panama another harsh lesson...

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England, Belgium World Cup group fate could come down to fair play ranking points

England dominated with a five-goal outburst in the first half and Harry Kane completed his hat trick in the second half en route to a 6-1 win over Panama.
England might have made it look easy against Panama, but Stevie Nicol cautions the Three Lions to not get carried away ahead of their crunch clash with Belgium.
Gab Marcotti details how the "luckiest goal" of Harry Kane's career put him in elite company and Panama making history despite England winning 6-1.
The Kwese Sports studio crew examine Harry Kane's dominance against Panama, which saw the England captain take the lead in the Golden Boot race.

England and Belgium go into their Group G game on Thursday with identical records, meaning that fair play points could decide who is the winner of the group.

Both teams have scored eight goals and conceded two in the opening group games, putting them completely level.

The winners of the meeting in Kaliningrad are guaranteed to top the group, but if the match finishes as a draw, the places will be decided first on fair play.

FIFA deducts points from the fair play ranking based on the following criteria...