NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – England were set for a place in the last 16 of the World Cup as they romped to a 5-0 lead at half-time, with two goals each from defender John Stones and Harry Kane, in their Group G match on Sunday.
Stones headed England in front in the eighth minute, losing his marker to angle home a Kieran Trippier corner before captain Kane made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute with his third goal of the tournament, an emphatically struck penalty after Jesse Lingard was pushed over in the box by Fidel Escobar.
Lingard made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with a beautiful strike from just outside the area before Stones nodded in the fourth after a cleverly worked free-kick routine.
Kane made it five with another penalty.
An England win would also secure progress for Belgium, while eliminating Panama and Tunisia.
Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Pritha Sarkar