A young English side were relieved when skipper Harry Kane notched an injury-time winner to seal all three points against minnows Tunisia in their opening fixture of the ongoing World Cup event. The Three Lions are now set for a relatively straightforward outing when they will contest Panama this afternoon.
England are sharing their Group with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia, therefore, should not face many complications while making it to the knockouts. But they must maintain their supremacy versus Los Canaleros and then defeat the Red Devils in the final group stage encounter to finish on top.
Little-known Panama, on the other hand, fought with bravery against a star-studded Belgium and held them scoreless at half-time. But a second-half heartbreak saw them losing it 3-0 and lack of conversion in front of goal restricted them from staging a comeback. They will have a monumental job versus the former World Champions but must bank on their team-game to script a massive upset in Russia.
England vs Panama Injuries:
England Manager Gareth Southgate dislocated his shoulder his training and now Dele Alli, one of his prime resources, suffered a thigh strain which is set to keep him out from the first-team action. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is likely to be handed a start replacing the Spurs youngster.
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England vs Panama Key Players:
A leaked picture indicated that Raheem Sterling might be dropped and to be replaced by Marcus Rashford from the start. But all eyes will be on Harry Kane who scored both the goals for his nation against Tunisia and clinched a scrappy yet crucial win en route to seal a Round of 16 berth.
Panama, on the other hand, do not have any reputed name but have played together for years and their team chemistry has been the reason why they made it to the World Cup finals. Gabriel Gomez, their record cap holder, maintained a 100% passing accuracy while marshaling the back four and his colossal presence will pivot the Panamanians to script something memorable.
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England vs Panama Live Streaming:
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