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England aiming to qualify against Panama – Stones

Tunisia v England: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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England defender John Stones has revealed that the team are aiming to secure their place in the last 16 by beating Panama on Sunday

The Three Lions began their World Cup campaign on Monday with a narrow 2-1 win over Tunisia with captain Harry Kane scoring a late winner at Volgograd.

England can book themselves a place in the knockout stages by beating Panama and by hoping that Belgium defeats Tunisia.

“It would be great to wrap up qualification this weekend – that’s the aim. We want to get through the group stage as quickly as possible,” Stones told the Evening Standard.

“Obviously it is a case of one game at a time and we can’t look past that. But if we have the right mentality and focus all our energy on Panama, we will do the job. We will know the result of the Tunisia-Belgium game before we play so we will know whether it is possible or not.

“It should definitely be great motivation for us if Tunisia haven’t won. We have come here to progress to the next round. If we can do that in two games rather three, even better.

England are currently in second place in Group G behind Belgium on goal difference.