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Who wins Group G if England and Belgium draw?

25 June, 2018, 05:39 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Fans celebrate the first goal in Leeds

A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane, along with a brace for defender John Stones and a stunning strike from Jesse Lingard proved enough for the Three Lions, who have secured their place in the last 16 with a group game to spare.

Current World Cup top scorer on five goals after two games, Kane was then substituted, to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans.

He said his third goal, which came from a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot that deflected off the English captain's heel into the net, "was one of the luckiest of my career".

"We're always accused of getting carried away as England, but when we do have a player that I think every team in the tournament would want, we should get carried away; we should get carried away by him". But they all count, and long may the 24-year-old's fine scoring form continue. "You don't get many opportunities to play in a game like that for England".

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent worldwide tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at half-time.

"We knew before the game it would be aggressive, and they'd do everything they could to stop us".

"There's a lot of good players behind me, hopefully I can take it into Thursday's game".




"It's incredible, I'm extremely proud".

Travel organisation ABTA said there has been a spike in "World Cup fever" among England fans who stayed home initially but are now booking last-minute trips.

In other action, Japan and Senegal will go head-to-head in Group H action after they both picked up victories in their opening games.

Brazil are on course to top Group E, while the world champions salvaged their campaign with a last-gasp win over Sweden on Saturday evening.

There are arguments for and against rotation, though: Southgate will see the benefits of maximising fitness levels and squad harmony, but may also wish to keep this good momentum going. "We have some decisions to make because the harmony of the group is important to me".

Southgate and his backroom staff also deserve credit for a series of innovative set-piece routines that have already reaped four goals.

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