England fans at Wythenshawe Town clubhouse were celebrating along with the rest of the country as Panama were hit for six.
It was an extraordinary display by the Three Lions with talisman, Harry Kane scoring a magnificent hatrick in England’s best ever World Cup performance.
But when Panama’s Baloy scored their team’s only goal of the game, there was one proud England fan who was praying his team would not increase their lead.
Steve McArthur had backed a winning score for England of 6-1 at odds of 80-1. So there was joy when Panama’s goal went in followed by an anxious 12 minutes till the final whistle.
And when the game finished, a delighted Steve said: “My only regret is only putting three quid on it.
“It was a great result. And it’s great that England can now relax for the Belgium game.”
England top Group G as they have fewer yellow cards than Belgium. If they draw the final game it will go down to disciplinary records to decide who finishes first – and if that is level lots will be drawn.
In case you’re wondering, Steve’s prediction for England’s last group game on Thursday is a 2-2 draw.