Harry Kane now top scorer, sets new record against Panama

England secures spot in World Cup round of 16 with win over Panama

Harry Kane thrills with hat trick in rout of Panama

He leads the tournament with five goals, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

Gareth Southgate's England sent a message to its rivals with a 6-1 thumping of a awful Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday evening (AEST).

Here are some pretty stunning stats to put the historic result into some context.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker said England fans were justified in dreaming of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966.

England went into half-time with a 5-0 lead and each team scored once in the second half, leading Southgate to say it was an odd game after the high emotions of Kane's late victor to beat Tunisia in their first game.

Kane scored a hat-trick - becoming only the third England player to do so at a World Cup - as Gareth Southgate's side romped to the last 16 with a 6-1 win in Nizhny Novgorod.

Lingard scored just a few minutes later.

"We were ruthless in front of goal", Southgate said.

They were 2-0 up and cruising after just 22 minutes.

"IT'S COMING HOME" was etched across Twitter throughout, and the timely phrase even made it's way inside Southgate's notepad.

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Goal four (yes, F.O.U.R.) was another from in-form John Stones - the BBC Sport statisticians began to lose their minds.

"We all know too well that more than half of Switzerland's population is German".

Pointless presenter Richard Osman brought us all back down to earth with some typical English pessimism.

Kane's hat-trick against Panama was the cherry on top of a superb display from England.

5-0 at half time.

The memes began to roll in.

That's one tweet Balague will have wished he didn't post.

As the clock ticked into the 63rd minute, arise Sir Harry.

England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games.

In doing so, he knocked a five-time Ballon d'Or victor off the top of the race for the Golden Boot.

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