Harry Kane's relief was as clear as his joy after securing England a last-gasp victory in their World Cup opener against Tunisia.
England made a deserved breakthrough in the 11th minute, after a high-octane start, when Kane tucked home from close-range after Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassan acrobatically kept out a John Stones' header.
England's forthcoming opponent Panama was beaten 3-0 by Belgium in its opening game but Southgate warned his players not to underestimate Hernan Dario Gomez's team.
However, despite the precautions, it would appear that the Three Lions digested their fair share of mosquito matter over the course of the night, with two-goal hero Harry Kane detailing the extent of the irritation.
That was how it stayed as England struggled to break down the resilient north Africans, before they finally found a way through the massed defensive ranks when Kane swiveled to head home in stoppage-time. I guess as players there's nothing we can do about that. "Credit to the lads though, as we kept going and that's what these World Cup games are about - it is about going up until the last second and absolutely buzzing".
"There were things in the game that we couldn't control tonight that we reacted really well to".
Everton's Jordan Pickford got a hand to Sassi's penalty, but failed to keep it out. They have yet to register a win in nine opening games at a European Championship, so if any team can claim to be slow starters on the big stage, it is England, and no country seems to focus so heavily on the fine line between winning and falling short. "It is true they had Beckham, Owen, and other players but I do not think they had the osmosis they have now", Maaloul told reporters on Sunday ahead of the Group G match.
The Tottenham striker got his first tournament goals and it might have been more had the referee seen a couple of blatant fouls on Kane, both of which should have resulted in penalties for England. "There were a lot of decisions against us and maybe there was a bit of justice at the end".
Federation Internationale de Football Association says 18.05 million viewers watched Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia live on Channel One in the World Cup opener.