Perhaps keeping in mind the limited nature of their opponents, a free-kick from Kieran Trippier set off an nearly domino effect of passes, before, thankfully for Raheem Sterling, Stones was on hand to head in his rebounded effort from close range.
Kane didn't have to wait long to add to his tally, converting from the penalty spot in the 22nd after Lingard was brought down by Fidel Escobar.
England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday where victory would see them top Group G, but though finishing second could provide a more favourable route through the knockout stage, Neville urged Southgate's players to dismiss talk of the permutations and retain their focus. "Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud of it". They absolutely destroyed Panama.
The goal - Panama's first at World Cup level - triggered an extremely emotional response in the stands.
Harry Kane scored a hat trick in Sunday's 6-1 rout of Panama, giving England its biggest victory margin at the World Cup in its highest-scoring game since 1966.
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Asked how Kane compared to the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Southgate said the Tottenham man was on par in terms of pure striking ability.
England took the lead in the eighth minute when John Stones powered home a header from a Kieran Trippier corner, held up by the referee because of wrestling and pushing by the Panamanians, something which was set to become a theme of the match.
"This kid has worked so hard at his game that he's an example to any young player who gets a few knocks and questions whether they can make it".
This penchant for choreography was certainly on show for Stones' second.
Felipe Baloy's superb sliding effort from a free-kick snatched a consolation goal for the World Cup debutantes.
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The result left Brazil, 2-0 winners over Costa Rica, top with four points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference with Serbia on three.
Pictures captured the ecstasy as Panama scored their first ever goal at the World Cup.
Monday is a hectic day as the group games reach their climax.
That is a 3pm kick-off and at the same time Uruguay and Russia will decide who tops Group A. Both Russia and Uruguay are unbeaten so far and the hosts will be targeting another surprise win.
In two games, he has scored all five of his shots.
Portugal's Ronaldo and Belgium's Lukaku have four goals apiece.
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