The opponents faced when Kane helped himself to five early goals were not the strongest, it must be admitted, but as England know only too well and Germany have just found out, getting off to a good start in a World Cup can make a crucial difference.
Dele Alli is likely to feature for England against Colombia.
"I think in and around the box he's lethal".
"We are a team where we don't carry any passengers, everybody has to really press and work for the team, and if our midfield players, our creative midfield players, are doing that as well then that is a really good sign", said Southgate.
The risk of upsetting such an important player will also have had a few airings but, as Southgate was careful to explain, he knows both the player and the risks very well and made his decision accordingly.
England have lost six of their last seven competitive shootouts, and Rashford insists it would be foolish not to be practicing.
He repeated the mantra that his team were not looking at the possible fixtures beyond Colombia but said they were aware they had a historic opportunity.
Lingard can not wait for Tuesday's match and believes a bright future lies ahead under Southgate, who gave the attacking midfielder his debut on his first match in charge of the England team. It's never a chance.
"It's a skill and every skill takes time to learn and to flawless".
"I'm slightly concerned, because as a centre-half that took a lot of knocks to the head, I'm not normally synonymous with fashion icon", he joked to the BBC. They practice their skills to become flawless at it.
"Now you'll have to go out there and win it again". I can't speak highly enough of his character around the group. Ultimately you're competing against yourself.
"All we can look forward to is what is in front of us and I don't think we ever think about that type of thing with England".
"[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho] has got 20-25 players in the squad and he has to pick the best team to play each game".
"Obviously we've worked and practised them, and I have got confidence in my own ability to be able to score one".
"We can't change the past, it's gone now", Rashford said.
"We are not favourites, they invented football, they have a lot of history, players with a lot of quality".