After Swede Sven Goran Eriksson, who made his name in Italy's Serie A, was unable to succeed with his attempt to instil a "continental style" of play, Italian coach Fabio Capello failed in turn with his rigid approach.
"So it was a very odd feeling watching the second half, encouraging the boys to stay professional and continue being so ruthless". In Italy in 1990, when England reached the last four, Bobby Robson brought in Mark Wright and played with three central defenders.
Kane scored the easiest global hat-trick that he is ever likely to bag, as John Stones finished with two to his name. That gives him more World Cup goals than he has in 122 games in the Premier League, where he has scored only once.
It's easy to caveat Kane's hat-trick, but not Kane himself.
It was a dramatic first half, with the Panamanians showing some rough behaviour - but that couldn't stop striker Harry Kane from taking two successful penalties. The ball skittered past a helpless Penedo and into the Panama net.
There was still time for the Three Lions to bag their fifth of the game before the break, via yet another crisply taken Kane penalty after Stones was manhandled in the box at a corner. "That's the luck of it".
FT England 6-1 Panama - The biggest win yet at this World Cup as England flatten Panama to secure their place in the last 16 alongside Belgium from Group G. Panama are out, but they're celebrating their first ever World Cup goal.
For Kane, he insisted he was just focusing on the Belgium game.
For an attacker as talented as the 23-year-old his return at worldwide level (two goals) is woefully inadequate.
[On his team's discipline, in the face of some provocation] We talked about that being a challenge in this game. And we've got another big game on Thursday to try and finish top.
Japan, who beat 10-man Colombia in their first match in Russian Federation, dug deep in Yekaterinburg, coming back twice in an entertaining match.
Baloy said: "Some of us players were attacked, criticized for our age".
Sceptics might toss darts at the team. "Then we had to go right to the wire and show qualities that are going to be really important to our resilience and sticking to our principles of play". Panama because they've scored at a World Cup and England because they think they're going to win the World Cup. That is the nature of the global game, since defence depends so much on teamwork and timing, and national teams only spend about 30 days together in any given year.
Based on our form, I can not think many sides will want to play us so, rather than looking at who we might want to play, or avoid, let's just concentrate on winning the group.
25 - There were 25 uninterrupted passes played by England before their sixth goal, the longest sequence for a World Cup goal since 1966 and one more pass than Esteban Cambiasso's goal for Argentina v Serbia in 2006 (24).
"I congratulated him", the Panama boss said with a smile.
Time that a World Cup team have scored five in one half, and the first time since Germany did it to Brazil in 2014.
Now Southgate has decisions to make.
Senegal thought they had won the match as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes to make it 2-1 after Sadio Mane's fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui's curling shot. It's a luxurious choice for any manager to have after two World Cup matches, especially one coaching a team where the tension and the fear of failure is often at a fever pitch from the opening kick.
Southgate on whether he will change his team for Belgium: "We want to keep momentum, so we'll have to have a think about the team we want to put out".