Southgate takes sting out of team sheet drama

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Who would you pick in your XI to face Panama

England coach Gareth Southgate has hit out at the media for leaking team news ahead of their 2018 World Cup clash with Panama.

"I don't expect the media to be supporters of us in the way they work, they want us to do well, that's been clear throughout the tournament". We'll get contact injuries as the tournament progresses but I certainly as a manager don't take a risk with a player, but players aren't exactly all going to tell you 100 per cent how they are.

"As I say, you guys have to do your little bit, so if you could just please help us with that it would be polite".


"Jesse Lingard is the man for me that I think if Gareth Southgate is looking for that kind of depth scoring, he can provide that attack from midfield", said Jack.

Steve Holland can relax for a few days at least as the games that finally begin to come thick and fast mean there is less opportunity for the media to be loitering around the training ground.

England and Panama would go into the final game on three points, meaning whoever got the better result in their respective final fixtures would qualify. The other day was a list of 23 players and people have taken something from it which probably isn't correct. "That's been a theme throughout so there will be no complacency in the way we've prepared for the game", he said. I know they want us to do well. We've just got to accept whatever decisions are given by the referee on the field or the VAR officials.


It is yet another example of Federation Internationale de Football Association putting the big money ahead of the fans that supporters without cash are not able to buy essentials such as food and refreshments unless they are carriers of one specific sponsors' branded card.

Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez also played down the gaffe, saying that it doesn't give his team "any advantage", despite seeming to reveal that Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli would make way for Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek respectively.

Panama arrived in the city on Friday and trained at the stadium on the eve of the game, whereas the Three Lions' first taste of playing in the energy-sapping heat and humidity - considerably different to their Repino base - will come on Sunday. But I just think that, as a nation, there is a really good feeling around the England team at the moment, and there was no need to jeopardise that.


The direct Central Americans were well-beaten by Belgium in their opener and Walker said England know what they'll be up against.

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