England have responded to their last-gasp Tunisia victory on Monday night by putting Panama to the sword in their second Group G encounter on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate’s men took a bit of criticism for their performance against the African side in their opener, with the late winner sparing a few blushes and keeping the Three Lions in contention to win the group.
No such problems against Panama, however, as early goals from John Stones and Harry Kane effectively put the tie as a contest before Jesse Lingard got in on the action ten minutes before half time. The Manchester United forward has a nice habit of scoring spectacular goals from long range, and this one was right up there with the best.
Lingard played a neat one-two with Raheem Sterling outside the box before launching a brilliant curling strike that gave Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo no chance.
— Manchester United (@MUnitedFrance) June 24, 2018
That is World Class mister Lingard!!!
And so deserved after misses vs Tunisia
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) June 24, 2018
Great goal from Lingard. My 9 year old reliably informs me he celebrated with a Fortnite related dance called “Hype”. You’re welcome.
— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) June 24, 2018
What a goal by Lingard. Excellent assist too from Sterling. This is England, right?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 24, 2018
That’s just beautiful from Lingard ???????
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) June 24, 2018
England have since scored twice more, from Stones after a well-worked free-kick routine and another bullet of a penalty from Kane, as the side have run riot against a Panama side that has been reduced to cannon fodder.
The score, at the time of writing, is 5-0 to England at half time, and this could get much more emphatic as the game goes on.