Southgate not anxious by Russian heat, Panama play down line-up gaffe

Southgate not anxious by Russian heat, Panama play down line-up gaffe

"We know they're a physical team".

Walker said: "I think if you guys try to keep it to yourself and don't bring it out to the world, because it's not going to help us come the later stages of the tournament, please God we get there".

But the England manager was not happy with the press who snapped the photo.

Gareth Southgate accused the media of putting England at a "disadvantage" after his assistant Steve Holland was pictured holding a paper that appeared to show the projected starting XI against Panama.

- England are unbeaten in their last four World Cup games against CONCACAF nations (W2 D2), drawing the last two against U.S. in 2010 and Costa Rica in 2014.

Defender John Stones says England have done their homework on Panama and says it is clear where the biggest area for improvement needs to be. "I liked how my team worked [against Belgium]", said the 62-year-old Colombian, who is managing at a third World Cup.

Frank Lampard believes England have the potential to go far at the World Cup and has urged the more experienced players to step up and showcase their leadership credentials.

"I suppose it gives the referee a better chance of getting the correct decision". That was a good decision.


England boss Southgate has warned his players not to get involved in any pushing, shoving and wrestling situations at corners and free-kicks.

Alli sat out England training on Thursday as the Three Lions prepare for the Panama game which kicks off at 1pm (BST) on Sunday.

"There is a squad of 23 names on the sheet", Southgate told talkSPORT. They have an opportunity to create their own history.

Gomez stated: "England don't have lots of individual stars like Belgium but we'll have to be well organised against them. and we will be".

Roberto Martinez's side defeated Tunisia 5-2, when they were more convincing than an England team who needed a stoppage-time victor to overcome the North African nation 2-1 last Monday.

And despite the claim from Gomez, they have a player in Harry Kane who certainly knows how to fire the bullets.

Lampard was part of an England side which headed out of the 2014 World Cup and didn't get past the group stage but he remains hopeful that Gareth Southgate's side will fare better during the tournament in Russian Federation.

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