England earned a dramatic win over Tunisia in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup and can book their place in the last 16 when they take on Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
However, the central American nation will be determined to get a result to keep their hopes of staying in the tournament alive.
Dele Alli, who sustained a thigh injury during the Tunisia game, is the only injury concern England have and is likely to sit this one out.
The England XI has been a big story across the world’s media after a ‘leaked’ picture of the potential team v Panama made the rounds which appeared to suggest Raheem Sterling will be dropped for the game.
It’s a move Southgate initially criticised but he has since apologised for this.
Meanwhile, Panama boss Hernan Dario Gomez announced he would be fielding the same team that lost to Belgium on Monday.
What the players are saying
Harry Kane (England) – “At the end of the day we’re all here for the same reason. We just want to win as many games as possible and he just popped up with two goals that got us all three points.
“You’ve just got to keep going, make sure you’re putting the effort in on the training field, getting in the manager’s plans and hopefully if you get the chance make sure you stay there.
Harold Cummings (Panama) -“We are going there to play hard.
“We are going there to compete. We will do our job against any team we face.”
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rose, Henderson, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek, Rashford, Kane
Panama: Penedo, Murillo, Torres, Escobar, Davis, Gomez, Barcenas, Cooper, Godoy, Rodriguez, Perez
Where can I stream England v Panama?
The match will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 1pm.
England: Although this is a game where England are not expected to drop points, it’s clear that the form of Harry Kane is what takes the Three Lions up another couple of gears.
It was the Tottenham striker’s two goals that earned England the points against Tunisia and he will be licking his lips at the prospect of increasing bhis World Cup goal tally against the minnows of Group G.
Panama: Gomez has said he expects England to be Panama’s toughest opponents of the group so this suggests goalkeeper Jaime Penedo could be in for a busy afternoon. He could be a national hero by the end of the game, you never know.
Sources : https://talksport.com