England further elevated the sudden optimism surrounding this young and promising side on Sunday by obliterating Panama 6-1 in their second World Cup Group G clash. The win ensured England’s place in the first knockout round but much more than that, it also instilled real belief in a new breed of Three Lions player who appear brave and technically gifted enough to play attacking football at major international tournaments.
After the match, we asked England supporters to issue performance ratings for each of those involved in the 6-1 victory. Here’s a rundown of the three players who impressed Three Lions fans the most, picking up the highest average scores out of ten…
Kieran Trippier – 7.4: He was arguably more effective against Tunisia with those Beckham-esque deliveries from out wide but the Tottenham star played a key hand in getting England on the front foot on Sunday, setting up John Stones for the early opener with another precision ball from a corner. Few right-backs or right wing-backs have impressed as much as Trippier at the World Cup so far.
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Harry Kane – 7.8: The Tottenham talisman may have bagged a hat-trick but it appears his overall performance didn’t resonate that loudly with England supporters. In fairness, Kane notched up two penalties before claiming the match ball with the most fortuitous of flicks, deflecting a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot to send the Panama goalkeeper the wrong way.
Jesse Lingard – 7.9: The roaming No.8 slots have been a key feature of Southgate’s England setup and Lingard particularly has thrived in the role, showing off not only his quality on the ball but also his relentless energy in pushing on from midfield to join the attack. The Manchester United ace was a crucial component of Sunday’s win as well – claiming the foul that allowed Kane’s first spot kick before curling an absolute beauty into the back of the net. He now appears to be one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s team sheet.
View the results in full below…