England must be more clinical against Panama

Jun 23, 2018, 00:45
England must be more clinical against Panama

And Southgate said he was happier to take the blow rather than one of his players.

England face Panama in their second Group G game on Sunday, at 13:00 BST in Nizhny Novgorod.

England manager Gareth Southgate (right) with Harry Kane (left) during a training session in Russian Federation (pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Images).

Tall and powerful, he is an elegant presence on the ball and showed great self-confidence in possession plus a willingness to try the unorthodox that enabled England to gather late momentum building to Harry Kane's victor.

On it, Sterling was dropped in place of Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford, with the teenager supporting Harry Kane in a front two.

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Southgate has prided himself on building a team that enjoy pass and movement football.

Harry Kane was the hero scoring twice, with the victor coming in extra time.

Southgate has rejected reports that notes from a training session revealed his starting XI for Sunday's clash with Panama. They want to be playing darts and bowling with the lads and getting on and having banter with them but as soon as there is problem they will jump on you and hammer you.

"Obviously, you probably want to tell your family and friends but you try to keep it under wraps as much as you possibly can". "We haven't been directly told who is starting and who isn't". "All the positions are up for grabs".

"The lads don't really focus on stuff like that until it's come out of the manager's mouth". As a team we are capable of doing that and it doesn't really matter about the age of us or how experienced we are.

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Panama have developed a reputation as rough and physical opponents, and Southgate has instructed his players not to be intimidated as England seek to build on their opening World Cup victory against Tunisia.

"We're trying not to get caught up in articles and things like that".

"I wanted to make sure I was right to fight for my spot at City and I never took my spot for granted in the England team".

Holland, England's assistant manager, was pictured earlier this week with training notes that were subsequently published by several outlets.

Midfielder Dele Alli hurt his thigh against Tunisia and appears set to be replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek against Panama.

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