Electric England 10-1 to win the World Cup

England are 10-1 to win the World Cup after hitting Panama for six as Gareth Southgate's side ran riot in Russia.

The 6-1 success was enough to move above Belgium into top spot in Group G and Harry Kane is 11-5 favourite with Ladbrokes to finish the World Cup as the top tournament goalscorer following his hat-trick.

That's five goals in two matches for Kane and those on the skipper to win the Golden Boot and England to lift the World Cup at ante-post odds of 100-1 are beginning to dream of a monster payout.

"Bookmakers' Armageddon" was how Joe Crilly of Hills described the prospect of England going all the way, but strangely their chances of triumphing could depend to some extent on finishing second in Group G to slip into the potentially softer half of the draw.

England and Belgium have already qualified from their section and now meet in a phoney war for top spot on Thursday knowing it may be better to lose with the teams locked together on points, goal difference and goals scored.

Southgate's side hold the position at the summit based on their better disciplinary record of just two yellow cards compared to Belgium's three. Cynics have already suggested should the game be ambling towards a draw late on there could be some value in picking up bookings to drop down the table.

England are 4-6 to finish top of Group G with Belgium at 5-4 and Red Devils boss Roberto Martinez has already said he will make "major changes" on Thursday whereas Southgate was less forthcoming with his thoughts on the possibility of rotation.

"We want to keep momentum, so we'll have to think about the team we want to put out," said Southgate. "There's an opportunity for players who need a match, but also we want to keep winning."

As well as Kane's hat-trick, two of which were penalties, there was an unlikely double for John Stones as well as an excellent long-range effort from Jesse Lingard which is 14-1 with Betway to be named as the goal of the tournament.

Felipe Baloy's consolation with 12 minutes remaining will have lifted Panama's mood slightly but the Concacaf minnows were otherwise swatted aside after some horrendous defending and they are 1-4 to finish bottom of Group G with Tunisia at 100-30.

England will meet a team from Group H in the last 16 but it remains unclear as to who that will be as Japan and Senegal played out a 2-2 draw to both move up to four points.

Senegal twice led through Sadio Mane and Moussa Wague but Japan fought back with goals from Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda.

Bet365's Steve Freeth called Saturday "one of the worst days in our history" after reporting an eight-figure loss following wins for favourites Belgium, Mexico and Germany in fixtures where both teams scored.

Toni Kroos's exquisite last-gasp free kick for Germany in the 2-1 success over Sweden kept their World Cup fate in their own hands and the world champions are 7-1 to retain the trophy.

Match in Focus


Wales v Denmark

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Wales have conceded in four of their last six matches in all competitions
Expert verdict
Denmark stalled Wales’ Nations League progress in the reverse fixture and can go top of the group with victory in Cardiff. Age Hareide’s men sunk the Welsh 2-0 in September courtesy of a Christian Eriksen brace and their resolute rearguard and prolificacy in the final third can see them ease past the hosts again. Wales took maximum points from their two matches with Ireland but have crumbled when hositng Spain in a friendly.



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