Gareth Southgate insisted he would not swap Harry Kane for anybody after the striker became only the third England player to score a World Cup hat-trick and fired himself to the top of the scoring charts at this year's tournament.
Lingard made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with a handsome strike from just outside the area before Stones nodded in his second and England's fourth from a cleverly worked free-kick routine.
He is also the first ever player to score four goals in a World Cup group stage, topping Lineker's three in 1986, and Roger Hunt's in 1966.
Kane, who is one of the best strikers in the world, was in superb form for England against Panama in their second World Cup group game on Sunday afternoon. Kane scored another penalty just before halftime.
Well, that may be the case if you were just watching on TV but a camera in the stadium picked up the moment that England captain Harry Kane converted his second penalty of the game to put England 5-0 up and the moment of controversy that followed. He has scored all five of his shots on target.
Panama's equal-sized army of red-shirted fans danced and cheered on the "Canaleros" (Canalmen) to the end.
It was also only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored five or more goals in the first half.
The English sang "football's coming home" in response to Panama's "ole, ole, ole". "England is totally spectacular, a attractive team", said coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who went into the English changing room at halftime to congratulate Southgate.
"This is a top player, a world-class player - and we don't have many".
Southgate's task now will be to keep his young charges' feet on the ground, and guard against complacency whomever they face next from Group H's quartet of Japan, Senegal, Poland and Colombia. You know that when he gets opportunities he'll bury them.