England should be quietly confident - England v Panama (Sunday 1pm)

England should be quietly confident - England v Panama (Sunday 1pm)

Javier Howell
June 24, 2018

England struggled to break down Tunisia in the second half of their opening match and there are concerns they could find it similarly tough against a physical Panama side, who offered stout resistance against Belgium in a goalless first half.

Southgate also underlined the fact that some of the assumptions - such as Marcus Rashford replacing Raheem Sterling in attack and Ruben Loftus-Cheek starting in place of the injured Dele Alli - were not necessarily true.

Roman Torres lasted the full 90 minutes against the Belgians despite a slight injury, and should be fit once again to captain an unchanged line-up. Coach Gareth Southgate has warned against getting too "comfortable".

"In League One, you get a lot more aerial battles and the ball is in the air a lot more than on the ground, especially in the winter with the state of the pitches".

"Let's be frank, we won the other night, we played well so we are not going to make many changes".

Following a last-minute victor from Harry Kane, England will be high on confidence as they take on a struggling Panama in Group G. The Three Lions are just a win away from cementing their spot in the Last 16 and will look to do so with more confidence than the game against Tunisia.

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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.

The 24-year-old English captain became a national hero pretty quick at this World Cup after scoring two goals - including a attractive victor in stoppage time - in England's opening 2-1 win over Tunisia last week.

After this display it seems harsh to describe the Swedes as a team without stars; but before they started making World Cup headlines that is exactly what they were. The 20-year-old offers a more direct option and he has scored three goals in 20 appearances for England, with the United forward starting just eight of those. We're all living in a slightly false thing...like when you go on holiday with your family.

There was to be a twist though as in unfamiliar fashion England kept going until the very end and got their reward with a late victor. When I come to the Federation Internationale de Football Association workshops they were keen for us not to train to protect the pitches.

"England are going to be our hardest match by far", he added. The Three Lions were eliminated in the group stage in Brazil four years ago and haven't reached the World Cup semifinals since 1990.

"We're really pleased with where he is at, but he wouldn't be ready for the game tomorrow".