England boss Southgate plays down 'leaked' team drama

England boss Southgate plays down 'leaked' team drama

England boss Southgate plays down 'leaked' team drama

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.

England will play its second match at the World Cup on Sunday when it faces Panama in Group G. The Three Liones have three points after defeating Tunisia 2-1 in the opener, while Panama is hoping to bounce back after a 3-0 defeat to Belgium in their first ever World Cup match. "My view is I totally understand the media have a role to report news - my only observation which I probably haven't worded properly is it's a definite advantage if the opposition know the other team".

"The picture the other day wasn't even the team so it was even less of a drama, it was a list of runners and riders for the training session. More than anything I think for the guys who aren't in the team tomorrow [Sunday] or who haven't been in the team for either game", said Southgate.

"They're fighting for their lives to stay in this competition and if we get the victory we want, they're out".

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.

England's next game is against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, where a win will all but seal a place in the last 16.

"We're really pleased with where he is at, but he wouldn't be ready for the game".

"It is a young team and we are trying to get a forward line that are exciting in their movement and have scored goals at club level", he said.

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