World Cup on Betfair: Superb England stake their claim

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Jesse Lingard finished off a superb England move to score his first goal at World Cup 2018
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It might have only been Panama, but England could hardly have been more impressive in thrashing their Group G rivals to make it six points from six at this year's World Cup. Mike Norman has the details...

To Win the World Cup;

- Spain [6.0]
- Brazil [6.2]
- Germany [8.2]
- Belgium [9.0]
- France [10.0]
- England [11.5]

*Exchange Odds correct as at 15:00, Sunday 24 June

Record-breaking England impress

England are into [11.5] to win this summer's World Cup after thrashing Panama 6-1 in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Buoyed by their impressive performance and last minute winner against Tunisia on Monday the Three Lions produced a breathtaking first half display that saw John Stones score two headers, Harry Kane blast home a brace of penalties, and Jesse Lingard sore a stunning goal from outside of the area.

England's five first-half goals was the first time that the Three Lions had scored more than four goals in a game at a major tournament in their entire history, and they added to their tally in the second half when Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot was deflected into the net by Kane, sealing the Tottenham man's hat-trick just moments before he was substituted.

The 6-1 scoreline was matched at [280.0] in the Correct Score 2 market, and England, with an equal goal difference to Belgium, can now be backed at [1.7] to win Group G (Belgium [2.3]). If Thursday's match against the Belgians ends all square then top spot will be decided by who has the best disciplinary record at the end of that match.

Kane now favourite to win Golden Boot

Kane's hat-trick took his tally to five goals at the World Cup, which in itself is another England record - no other England player had previously scored more than three at a World Cup group stage - and the striker is now the clear favourite at [3.3] to be the Top Tournament Goal Scorer.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku both have four goals apiece and can be backed at [4.4] and [6.4] respectively, while Spain's Diego Costa (three goals) is available to back at [7.8].

No Kroos in the park for World Champs

World Champions Germany kept their hopes of retaining their crown alive with a dramatic last-gasp victory over Sweden on Saturday night.

The four-times world champs suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their first group game, and after the South Americans won for a second time against South Korea earlier in the day Germany knew that only a victory over Sweden would realistically keep them in this year's tournament.

And a victory is what Joachim Low's men got, but it wasn't without a major scare.

Marco Reus brought Germany level early in the second half after Sweden had taken a surprise first half lead, but they had to wait until the 95th minute of the game to see Toni Kroos curl home a superb shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area.

A win for Germany in their final group game against South Korea will see them qualify to the next round, though it will be as runners-up should Mexico avoid defeat against Sweden.

Germany were matched at a high of [30.0] in the World Cup Winner market as it looked like they would either be eliminated, or leave themselves with a mountain to club should they have just drawn the match, but following the win the defending champions are now back into [8.2] third favourites to lift the Jules Rimet trophy.

Spain are the current favourites at [6.0], with Brazil next best at [6.2].

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