Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick as England banished the ghost of past failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of Panama on Sunday that eased them into the last 16. In England's biggest-ever World Cup win, Kane scored two penalties before a deflection off his heel put him on top of the goal scoring list.
Despite having many young names in the squad, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at halftime. John Stones put England in front with a header in the eighth minute Captain Kane doubled the lead in the 22nd minute from the spot after Jesse Lingard was brought down the box by Fidel Escobar.
Lingard got the third goal in the 36th minute from a fine shot right outside the area. Then Stones headed in his second for England from a free kick. And Kane converted another penalty just before the break to give his team a comfortable 5-0 cushion.
Six minute into the second half, Kane got his third after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek's attempt hit his foot and bounced in. Felipe Baloy scored a consolation goal for his team in the 78th minute, which is also Panama's first goal in their debut World Cup.