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England vs Panama player review

England learn't their lessons from the Tunisia match, they got the early goal and kept their foot on the throttle until the match was done and dusted. This time their finishing was clinical. The referee also helped actually giving a penalty for holding this time unlike the referee in the Tunisia match. England had a game plan that involved hitting midfield runners early and with Jesse Lingard in particular showing intelligent running and link up play it worked to a treat. This was a great performance. However we should remember that it was against a poor Panama side and against better sides England's tactics and lack of possession play could see them come undone particularly in the latter stages of a match.

Jordan Pickford- no chance with the goal. Dealt with everything else comfortably but still makes me nervous.

Harry Maguire- growing in to International football. Still prone to concentration lapses but better than the previous match. Had a good game and intelligent header for John Stones second goal.

John Stones- two goals, both very good headers, but for different reasons. Played with composure, really looks a good player, playing with confidence and looks very fit.

Kyle Walker- much improved performance, looked much more comfortable, one brilliant clearance.

Ashley Young- no hogging the limelight but very quietly did his job efficiently and effectively.

Jordan Henderson- another really dynamic performance. Not only is he playing well and displaying a much better range of passing than many had given him credit for he is a massive positive influence on the rest of the team. A real team player.

Kieran Trippier- another good performance, everything he does oozes class. Comfortable in possession, clever passer and clever movement and terrific delivery.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek- not as influential as he would have liked, but his first ever World Cup start so nerves may have played a part. Was busy and tidy throughout, without showing any of the brilliance his first match cameo produced. His shot deflected in off Kane for the sixth goal.

Jesse Lingard- my man of the match, brilliant link up play and really clever movement. Fouled for the first penalty and scored a glorious goal.

Raheem Sterling- another subdued performance, a few good bits and pieces but it's not really happening for him, he is not involved in the play enough and as a result not effecting play enough.

Harry Kane- a maybe slightly fortuitous hat-trick but a World Cup hat-trick nevertheless. Didn't really contribute to general play and I'm sure Southgate will be asking for more but three goals, you can't ask for much more than that.

Substitutes

Danny Rose- I had been calling for his start but he looked well off the pace and didn't make a positive impact.

Jamie Vardy- one good run down the right but didn't really get the opportunity to show what he can do.

Fabian Delph- was his usual busy self but took too many touches on the ball and as a result slowed play down when he had possession.

Gareth Southgate- brave decision to bring Loftus-Cheek in showing that he is the boss. He hasn't really put a foot wrong and has got the team looking fit, confident and no off-field distractions. He has been very thorough and incredibly professional, now it's time for the real tests.



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