Harry Kane's hat-trick, with two first half goals and a penalty, coupled with his brace against Tunisia meant he flew to the top of the goalscorers' charts in a bid to become the first Englishman to clinch the Golden Boot since Lineker 32 years ago.
Five first half goals condemned Panama to the joint-heaviest defeat of the World Cup so far as they sank without trace in Nizhny Novgorod, although Felipe Baloy did make history by scoring their first ever World Cup goal.
The Three Lions slowed down the game in the second half, keeping the ball as much as possible, but Kane was determined to be the third English player ever to get a hat-trick in a World Cup. "But despite that fact, we led twice and what's annoying for me is the two goals we conceded".
Former England manager Sam Allardyce must have wondered what might have been as he watched the Three Lions' hammering of Panama in a London pub.
Any England or Belgium player who gets himself deliberately booked to secure an easier path for his country at the World Cup will be banned for the next match, it emerged on Monday. The most important thing is winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that's the flawless situation. We've drawn a lot of conclusions but Panama are a small, young child in football, other teams don't really decipher our style of play.
Kane had scored 12 goals from 23 appearances, and first captained England during 2017's summer World Cup qualifier in Scotland. England completed 25 passes in the buildup, the most in any World Cup match since 1966, according to Opta.
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As the team heads towards their Thursday clash with Belgium, Southgate commented: "I've heard talk of, 'Is it better to finish first or second?' I am not sure how we're going to work all of that out really so let's just go and enjoy the game again". Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick.
Pundits put it down to great team spirit and England fan Jack Sprange likes what he sees with Gareth Southgate's side. England and Belgium are level on points and goal difference and will play for first place in the group.More news: Why Red Hen Owner Refused to Serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders
As the game progresses, England mid-fielder Jesse Lingard made it happen again for England taking a flawless shot giving no chance to the Panama keeper.
'I think we'll be more pragmatic but with the pace and danger we've got at the top end of the pitch, we're going to be a threat to anybody'.
Kane then scored his second penalty in first-half injury time after he was nearly farcically wrestled over at a corner, despite further Panama complaints.
England's Jesse Lingard scores their third goal.
When they get it right, England have the firepower to trouble any team, with captain Kane a spearhead approaching world class.
England showed no mercy and a smart set-piece routine saw Jordan Henderson clip a first-time ball over to Kane, whose header across goal was met by Sterling.
This Group G game was over as a contest once Stones gave England that early lead as Panama's ill-discipline and lack of organisation was brutally exposed.
Kane scored another penalty just before halftime.