Finally, England are playing like a Premier League team

Raheem Sterling

"We had fun out there, which is important", said Harry Kane. "Sometimes you go through spells where you are scoring and sometimes it doesn't fall for you".

Kane became the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

Harry Kane moved ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot as England demolished Panama to book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Against a team with more clinical finishing that could well become England's undoing.

It was a game England were expected to win, but to do so in such an emphatic manner will surely increase expectation levels for the rest of the tournament.

On the evidence of his first two World Cup games, he is relishing the free role he has been afforded by Gareth Southgate - of whom he's always been a firm favourite, right back from their time together in England's Under-21s - and has seamlessly translated his form in a United shirt onto the biggest of stages.

Five minutes before half time Stones grabbed himself a second before Panama's "unique" defending allowed Kane to fire in a fifth from the spot.

In recent years England have struggled to win tournament matches so credit should be given to Gareth Southgate for orchestrating two back-to-back victories.

"You know that when he gets opportunities he's going to bury them".

Colombia boost World Cup last-16 hopes by eliminating Poland
In contrast, this was another disappointing display by Poland , who lost to Senegal in their group opener. Colombia slowed the pace in the second half, showing good counterattacking qualities.

Now England is sure of a spot in the round of 16 with a game to spare in Group G. Panama, which offered little resistance, is leaving the tournament early after being eliminated along with Tunisia.

Now qualified for the second round, England are looking beyond Thursday's game against Belgium in Kaliningrad. A draw would see the group decided by fair play rules - England lead by virtue of two yellow cards to Belgium's three - or by drawing lots.

England showed it wasn't only reliant on Kane, who couldn't find the net at the 2016 European Championship. England then earned their first penalty of the day when Roman Torres and Fidel Escobar combined to clumsily bring down Jesse Lingard.

"Just before half-time the game was done today, so it was a very, very unusual feeling watching the second half, just trying to encourage the players to keep professional in the way that they played and be a top team by being ruthless". Even locals were supporting the team in Nizhny Novgorod, despite the bitter diplomatic relations between Russian Federation and Britain.

It's easy to forget, considering today's elation, that prior to Stones' opening goal England were sloppy and the defence looked shaky. Panama did not seem to know about VAR - witness their wrestling grabs on Kane in particular - which cost them one penalty. But he's got this hunger to score goals, it's incredible, at the same time he's a proper team player.

Ashley Young insists the squad of players will keep their feet on the ground despite the manner of their victory. The Panama goalkeeper made a fine close-range save. Panama's supporters exploded with joy when Baloy, who came on as a second-half substitute, put the ball into the net against England.

He converted both penalties convincingly.

A poor defensive performance from Panama resulted in England being 5-0 up at half-time.

"Yes, I felt emotional", he said.

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