But England won't care how they go in, as long as they go in.
Intriguingly, it also means they are level on points, goal difference and goals scored with Belgium in Group G. The two sides meet in Kaliningrad on Thursday.
Kane knew little about his hat-trick goal-Ruben Loftus-Cheek's low drive from outside the box deflected off of the Tottenham striker's heel.
All the neutral observes watching in Nizhny Novgorod were on Panama's side and could feel for them as they were simply trounced by a far superior opposition.
87' There's not much to talk about on the field. It's nice going into that game we don't need a result to qualify.
David Beckham escaped punishment after admitting doing so playing for his country in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in 2004 in order to serve a suspension while he was injured.
Jordan Henderson insists England will be going all out to beat Belgium in their final World Cup group game and believes the Three Lions are ready for whoever they will face in the knockout stages.
One can carp that their opponents were minnows: Panama had English fans chanting: "Are you Scotland in disguise?" "Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I'm extremely proud". I was feeling scared in the second half.
61' England are due a goal.
Frank Lampard has backed England to win the World Cup in Russian Federation. "We tried to keep the ball more in the second half and play in a more orderly fashion". Which is advisable, given the score.
England was merciless. At 5-0, the job was complete by halftime.
But there would be precious few chances - and even less goodwill - after Panama's tactics cost them in the eighth minute.
Kane scored two in the opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia, including a header in injury time. A brilliantly worked set piece. The heading ability of Kane, John Stones and Harry Maguire - plus what Southgate called "top delivery", usually from full-back Kieran Trippier - are England's attacking forte. The most important thing is always winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that's the flawless situation. The captain converted the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner, which was nearly the same as his first one.
Rio Ferdinand on Panama: "This Panama team wouldn't sit well in our non-league in England, they're that bad". Along way back for Panama already.
They conceded two penalties in the first half and Kane was on hand to gleefully dispatch them. Lingard goes down in the box under pressure from Escobar.
So, what to make of England? So close to a spectacular equalizer.
"That's his decision, I guess, but obviously I want to play".
10' Barcenas has been Panama's most unsafe player in the opening stages. Everybody wants the ball, nobody shies away from the ball.
Kane subsequently becomes the first Englishman since 1990, after David Platt and Gary Lineker, to score three goals at the competition. Wake-up call for England.
5' Chance for Panama!
4' First effort on goal is from Panama's Edgar Barcenas, whose volley is too high. We're underway in Nizhny Novgorod.