Advancing to last-16 possible even if England wins big: Panama coach

Jun 24, 2018, 18:01
Advancing to last-16 possible even if England wins big: Panama coach

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to replace Dele Alli, who has a thigh strain, while Raheem Sterling will retain his place ahead of Marcus Rashford. Gareth Southgate dislocated his shoulder while he was out for a run.

England's all-conquering one-day cricket team have seen the amusing side of their football counterparts' brush with the media.

"But I've got to say we've got some brilliant, top professionals who are coping really well with that, both in their approach to training and in the conversations they have around the team".

"They need to worry about us more than we have to worry about them".

"I'm very pleased with so much of what we've done, pleased with the mentality of the players and for keeping their patience".

Belgium found it tough indeed to break through Panama until Dries Mertens produced a bit of magic, so including Rashford from the start makes flawless sense for England.

Gomez screened the back four well against Belgium, which would be no easy task for any player, let alone a 34-year-old.

Gareth Southgate is confident there are goals throughout his England side and that they will not be exclusively relying on Harry Kane to fire them to World Cup glory. Their only defeat came in 1950 against the United States.

While England may be one of the most formidable national teams in world football, Panama has every right to feel it can go toe-to-toe with the 1966 World Cup champions.

- CONCACAF nations have only won one of their last 10 World Cup meetings against European sides (W1 D3 L6), with Mexico beating Germany in the opening round of matches in this tournament.

All told, CONCACAF teams are 1W-2D-2L against England at the World Cup.

"The outcome against England could be easily the same or an even bigger score".

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