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Goals, celebrations and Maradona’s dismay – the best World Cup 2018 photos from week two

We round up the best photography from the second week of the World Cup in Russia, including some thumping strikes and tidy celebrations• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Jesse Lingard laughs off Panama bruisers to help England find their joy | Barney Ronay

Tireless midfielder is becoming the grinning symbol of a team that has come to Russia with a strange sense of exuberanceWell, that was fun, in between the painful bits. First, it is necessary to issue the disclaimers. Yes, Panama unravelled like a chea…

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‘Felipe Baloy scores. Panama make history. The whole country explodes’ | Fernando Cuenco

In Panama City thousands gather in the early morning to watch the ‘Sele’ take on England and in the hearts of everyone Baloy’s ‘consolation’ makes it 1-0 to La Marea Roja5am, around the Rommel Fernández Stadium. An unusual encounter on the Vía España f…

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‘Felipe Baloy scores. Panama make history. The whole country explodes’ | Fernando Cuenco

In Panama City thousands gather in the early morning to watch the ‘Sele’ take on England and in the hearts of everyone Baloy’s ‘consolation’ makes it 1-0 to La Marea Roja5am, around the Rommel Fernández Stadium. An unusual encounter on the Vía España f…

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‘Felipe Baloy scores. Panama make history. The whole country explodes’ | Fernando Cuenco

In Panama City thousands gather in the early morning to watch the ‘Sele’ take on England and in the hearts of everyone Baloy’s ‘consolation’ makes it 1-0 to La Marea Roja5am, around the Rommel Fernández Stadium. An unusual encounter on the Vía España f…

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Gareth Southgate: ‘We wouldn’t swap Harry Kane for anyone’

• England manager praises captain as ‘irreplaceable’• ‘You know that, when he gets opportunities, he’ll bury them‘Gareth Southgate has called Harry Kane “irreplaceable” and praised the striker’s mental strength, selfless work ethic and ruthless finishi…

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Blissed-out Gary Lineker an equal match for Rio Ferdinand’s reality check | Scott Murray

BBC’s TV presenters started out on the cautious side before the goals flooded in and even then one remained unimpressedComplain about the licence fee if you must but the bottom line is the BBC’s comprehensive World Cup coverage offers something for eve…

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‘In a dream world’ – England fans in Nizhny Novogorod react to Panama rout

Travelling supporters were few in number as Gareth Southgate’s side won 6-1 in stifling heat, but they more than made up for that both in and out of the stadiumThe victory was never in question, only the score. England fans flush from 30-degree heat an…

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Should England take it easy against Belgium? World Cup permutations explained

Would Switzerland or Mexico really be preferable to Germany in the quarter-final? We look at the possible permutationsWho is leading England’s group?England – by the narrowest of margins. They and Belgium are both through, have the same number of point…

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England 6-1 Panama: how the World Cup 2018 players rated in Nizhny

Harry Kane’s hat-trick caught the eye but Jesse Lingard was outstanding as Panama’s Román Torres failed to live up to his billing as team leaderJordan Pickford Remained focused despite having little to do in the stifling heat of Nizhny Novgorod. Confid…

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Southgate looks a man with a plan and Kane a true Golden Boot contender

Talking points from England’s World Cup win over Panama, also including Lingard’s quality and a dilemma against BelgiumEngland have enjoyed their most emphatic World Cup win and are into the last 16. And to think there had been doubts over whether Gare…

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Panama hammered by England in World Cup walkover – in pictures

Gareth Southgate’s men faced Panama in their second match of Group G and produced an emphatic 6-1 win Continue reading…

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England into World Cup knockout stage as Kane hat-trick leads 6-1 Panama rout

Perhaps we should start with a note of caution. The opposition will not always be this obliging and nobody, surely, can expect Harry Kane to keep scoring so prodigiously throughout the rest of the World Cup. Maybe England have peaked too soon. And no d…

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World Cup 2018: England v Panama – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Group G gameHernán Darío Gómez: ‘You need the pressure, fear, players – the ball’2018 World Cup: your complete guide to all 736 playersEmail Rob your thoughts 12.15pm BST An email!“Methinks that Trent Alexander-Arnold …

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Millwall to a miracle: the Englishman behind Panama’s World Cup dream

When Gary Stempel returned to coach football in his native country in 2009 he could not have envisaged quite how far the journey would take him“I thought: ‘Oh my God. Román Torres. Look where you are, mate. This is it.’” There were three minutes left i…

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World Cup 2018: reaction to Germany’s win and England buildup – live!

Live updates from Russia on an important day in Groups G and HWorld Cup Daily: Germany leave it late, Mexico waitEmail or tweet Jonathan your thoughts 5.42am BST Somebody just reminded me of this glorious piece of Toni-related creativity as a counterwe…

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Police track down England fans after video showing Nazi salutes in Russia

• Michael Herbert is handed a five-year football ban• Two other men to appear at Leeds magistrates court next weekA man has been handed a five-year football banning order after a video surfaced appearing to show England fans singing an antisemitic song…

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s long road from stilted quality to England starter

The kid who once dropped Michael Ballack’s jaw suffered under José Mourinho but his spell with Crystal Palace has him ready to excel against PanamaEarly afternoon in mid-September on the main youth-team pitch at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, just b…

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Gareth Southgate keeping his young England side calm amid the storm

Manager refuses to get drawn into drama ahead of crucial Panama match but admits a second successive World Cup win would at least give cause for cautious optimismContrary to what you might have heard over the past 48 hours, there are much bigger issues…

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Panama’s Hernán Darío Gómez dismisses England team ‘leak’

• ‘It doesn’t give me or afford me any advantage,’ Gómez insists• England play ‘beautiful, organised football’, manager saysPanama’s manager, Hernán Darío Gómez, cannot understand the controversy around the England team-sheet, saying it gives his side …