HARRY KANE bagged a Panama hat-trick – and England smashed a hatful to secure a place in the World Cup knockout stages.
Gareth Southgate’s lads swept aside worries about wilting in the 32-degree heat by bagging FIVE times in a goal-crazy first half at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
John Stones netted twice from set-pieces, Kane scored twice from the penalty spot and Jesse Lingard curled in a beauty in one of the most comprehensive 45 minute displays seen for years.
Kane’s treble came after the break, before he was taken off for a breather after securing England’s BIGGEST win at a World Cup.
And it also moved them in front of Belgium on the basis of their better disciplinary record ahead of their Group G table-topping decider later this week.
The result was never in doubt after Stones’ early opener from Kieran Trippier’s corner.
Ref Ghead Grisha could easily have given a penalty for Anibal Godoy’s wrestling hold on Kane – but it didn’t matter as Stones was unmarked and steered his header home.
Lingard got rough treatment from the off, including an elbow in the face from Gab Gomez and a hack from Armando Cooper.