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'It's Coming Home' - Predictably Hyped Reaction As England Win In Style

'It's Coming Home' - Predictably Hyped Reaction As England Win In Style

There is no denying it, England did the business and then some in their second game of the 2018 World Cup this afternoon.

Although Gareth Southgate's team is certain to come against tougher opponents than Panama, it would take a heart of stone not to allow English fans indulge quite such a convincing win.

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While Ilkay Gundogan won't have endeared himself any further to the German fans as he aired his satisfaction with his clubmate's brace.

Although the pace understandably settled in the second-half, Harry Kane did push himself into pole position for the Golden Boot with five goals.

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When Panama did manage to grab their first goal of the World Cup late on to reduce the deficit to 5, there was no shortage of 'good-feelings' from the England fans; prompting Guy Mowbray to suggest the Central Americans will have 'smiles as wide as the Panama Canal.'

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Then again, incapable of simply allowing the game to go down as an impressive performance against inferior opponents, they had to go and lose the run of themselves.

After Lineker described the late 2-1 win against Tunisia as 'exceptional', a 6-1 thrashing of Panama was never going to be anything less.

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"We've been too negative for too many years" - so said Rio Ferdinand as he encouraged Lineker, Shearer and Lampard to embrace the positive nature of what England are doing.

Trying to keep a lid on the team's hopes overall, much of the confidence was directed toward Kane - and, inevitably, how his goal-scoring fares in comparison to Shearer and Lineker.

Across the country, the below scene seems to have played out consistently - cheap beer everywhere.

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