Panama pick same team for tougher test against England

Gareth Southgate won his first match as a manager at a major tournament when England defeated Tunisia last week

The rest of the game was rather average though and if it was not for a last gasp victor from Kane then England may have had to settle for a draw.

In the build-up to the Group C clash, photographs emerged of England assistant coach Steve Holland holding a sheet of paper with the apparent line-up on it.

The 28-year-old says he has never felt "uncomfortable" in that role, but former England defender Rio Ferdinand questioned his positioning against Tunisia.

"Dan (Ashworth, FA technical director) has had correspondence with the head of the referees, so we're very comfortable with the responses we had", Southgate said on the eve of facing Panama.

Walker continued: "I've had more knocks than a penalty decision given against me. We will have to be patient, but ultimately I can only see us winning this one".

"That was a really diffcult game but we did really well and came out with a one-all draw - against the odds".

"If we play in an organised way we know how we can make their individual players have a hard time - we admire them but we can't give them any space".

"We are desperate to repay them with a performance like the one we gave the other night", he said.

"Emails were exchanged, and Dan asked for some clarity and we were happy with the responses". England can't look even that far ahead yet, though, and will have been fully focused on Panama before considering Belgium or any other future opponents. There are no expectation on this Panama side and although I don't see them getting a result from this game, they should put up a good showing.

It's been an eventful week at England's Repino training base, with boss Gareth Southgate dislocating his shoulder during what he'd hoped was a record-breaking 10km run, while his teamsheet was then exposed by an intrusive long camera lens, a photgraph which the media spread like wildfire.

"It was a bit of banter, we move on and are looking forward to the game now". "There's no physiological benefit to training in the heat a couple of weeks before".

"I told my players today that they can still qualify".

After the fuss about England's starting XI, Panama coach Hernan Gomez revealed his hand on Saturday, saying he would name an unchanged line-up from the side that lost 3-0 against Belgium in their opener.

Dele Alli, who was injured during the game against Tunisia is also expected to be dropped in favour of Loftus-Cheek.

Jamie Vardy is eager to make his mark at the World Cup having been an unused substitute in England's 2-1 win over Tunisia.

He added: "We have a certain stability and an organised team".

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