Rooney was perhaps the biggest disappointments of all the anointed talismans, just netting a solitary goal over three World Cups.
"We want to keep winning, we want to top the group, we want to keep this run going".
Far sterner tests will come in the form of Belgium and the subsequent knockout games, but you can't blame the majority of the nation's fans for being on cloud nine.
Finally, England have a team where players are performing in the same manner, with the same intensity and positivity, that they show with their clubs every week.
But they are not out of the woods yet - to guarantee they have the chance to become the first team to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962, Germany must beat South Korea by a two-goal margin in Kazan.
They needed a statement win ahead of their scheduled meeting against Belgium, and they definitely did so with the 6-1 victory.
"There's a long way to go and a a lot of good players just behind me (on the list)".
It is proving very important too.
England also became the fifth team to score five goals in a World Cup half. We are just concentrating on beating Belgium.
Look at how Portugal won Euro 2016 - of their seven matches, they only won one in 90 minutes.
"We were not very good frankly, and Japan were the better team, I have to admit that".
8 - Only in 1966 (11) have England scored more goals in a single World Cup tournament than they have in 2018 (8 - also in 1954 and 1990). Trippier's short free kick was put into the box by Jordan Henderson, and Sterling's header at the goalkeeper fell into Stones' path. Stones was primed to follow-up, giving the defender his second.
A move like that involves hours and hours of practice, and everyone has to know their role inside out.
"It's a squad game, everybody's got to play their part and I think everyone did that today".
Like them, Kane was expected to lead England's attack. What we did was to try to avoid a bigger catastrophe.
Sir Bobby was right, because the dope is always there - someone who is slow to react or forgets his job. Midfielder Jessie Lingard worked a nifty give-and-go with Raheem Sterling and rocketed a shot from the left side of the 18-yard line for England's other score.
Many are already tipping him for the tournament's golden boot - the player who scores the most goals in the World Cup finals. "We will see what happens". It is not often anyone could say that about any aspect of England's play in recent years.
The Three Lions are playing pleasingly cohesive football across all areas of the pitch, and with multiple arrows in their quiver of ways to hurt an opposition defence, they have the power to do some damage in this competition. "I just hope to continue it".
I think it's a game everybody has been looking forward to. He even said from his point of view, the game was done when the first half ended.
Everyone is full of life and full of spark and you can see the buzz they are getting.
"We have some decisions to make because the harmony of the group is important to me".
But why would you want to disrupt the rhythm of this team? We've got to enjoy this.
The second half saw Kane complete his hat-trick - though the finish was as far from orthodox as you can realistically be - and Panama grabbed a consolation in the 78th minute.
Japan is yet to face Poland, while Senegal still needs to play Colombia.