England’s Dele Alli unlikely to face Panama in World Cup

His team were ahead at half-time (in fact they could have two up but for Manuel Neuer) and even when Marco Reus ended goalkeeper Robin Olsen's record of five clean sheets in a row they never buckled - and remained unsafe on the break.

The build-up to England's World Cup Group G clash has been overshadowed after photographs emerged of assistant boss Steve Holland carrying a sheet of paper with an apparent line-up written on it.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to replace Dele Alli, who has a thigh strain, while Raheem Sterling will retain his place ahead of Marcus Rashford.

Gomez has a healthy respect for Gareth Southgate's side, ranking them as a tougher proposition than the higher-ranked Belgians. You can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets etc.

This is clearly something Southgate has worked on, with his side having taken the lead within half an hour in each of their last four fixtures - and within 15 minutes in their most recent three.

"They need to worry about us more than we have to worry about them".

The Tottenham midfielder came off in England's opening World Cup match - a 2-1 win over Tunisia - and was subsequently rated doubtful for the Panama game in Nizhny Novgorod. We're all living in a slightly false thing...like when you go on holiday with your family. Panama's goal difference is now minus three.

The younger, friendlier squad - a minor dust-up with the media notwithstanding - began with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on a late header by Harry Kane, who also scored the team's first goal. "There is only one ball on the pitch and we're going to fight for it".

England may not be world-beaters, but they should certainly have enough to see off Los Canaleros, who came through CONCACAF qualifying with a negative goal difference after winning just three of their 10 matches in the Hexagonal.

"The first match always brings a bit of stage fright but that's in the rear-view mirror now", he said. They were still delighted to qualify for their ever World Cup but it didn't get off to a great start for the Central American side.

"We're England, we're all one nation and we all want to do well".

"It's going to be our hardest match by far", he added.

"We find out the team on the morning of the game or the night before and until the gaffer names the team that's the way it is".

Lineker tweeted the statistic on Tuesday, saying it was "astonishing for an opening group game" and putting it down to "the power of football and the World Cup".

  • Julie Sanders