John Stones has now scored more World Cup goals than Wayne Rooney

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Sam Allardyce was expected to lead England to Russian Federation this summer, but was instead fired after just one match in charge, and it appeared he had to settle for a rather different view of England's destruction of minnows Panama. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

England's young and free-flowing team banished the ghost of past national failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of a feeble Panama on Sunday that included a hat-trick by Harry Kane and eased them into the last 16.

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. Kane's five goals mean he now leads both Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku, scorers of four goals apiece, in the race for the Golden Boot. This was the first time England had scored five goals in a World Cup match. Austria scored five against Switzerland in 1954, as did Poland against Haiti in 1974, while the only other occasion was when Germany scored five against Brazil in the 2014 semifinal.

Laszlo Kiss scored three goals in seven minutes - the only hat trick scored in the World Cup by a substitute - to end the feel-good story of El Salvador, who qualified for the event for only the second time despite the nation being embroiled in the start of a civil war.

England goes into the Group G finale against Belgium level on points and with the same goal difference after conceding a late goal against Panama, which was eliminated after two matches in its World Cup debut.

England got off to the ideal start when defender John Stones gave his side the lead with a powerful header from a neatly worked corner-kick. England still lost that game 2-1, as Luis Suarez scored two goals past a helpless Joe Hart. The two Walters had scored their braces in the second half of the game, though.

Kane made it 5-0 before the break again from the penalty spot after Panama were punished for holding inside the area from a corner-kick.