Southgate plays down team leak ahead of Sunday's Panama clash

Raheem Sterling

There is still a match against Mexico to be played on Wednesday, when the two counter-attacking teams will face another challenge and when Sweden will look to take advantage of one last opportunity to extend their moment in the limelight.

"Tomorrow [Sunday] is going to be a very hard match", he said. Sterling's finishing was far from clinical in the opening game, but he contributed by simply being on the pitch, creating space because so many defenders were focused on swarming him every time he touched the ball. "It really isn't something we can control, we just have to accept the decisions on the field", he said.

"The long journeys are the ones you don't look forward to".

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"Certainly as staff at the FA, I felt much more part of it and much more connected". It wasn't the ideal start, but I have to pick myself up.

England have opted to remain at their base in Repino rather than train in Nizhny Novgorod ahead of the match, and Southgate added that he is prioritising his players' physical preparation over adaptation to the differing climates of the host cities. There are no expectation on this Panama side and although I don't see them getting a result from this game, they should put up a good showing.

The publication of the team sheet prompted a spat between the England camp and the media. But thanks for being with us, and make sure stay with us for live minute-by-minute commentary of Panama vs England.

"England have players that are competing at a really high level, and I think that is an advantage they have over us". It's going to be a tough task but if we just concentrate on ourselves we should be fine. The team has evolved massively form the Iceland game.

"I think it's huge". We've got key men in key areas who can go and get goals at any time.

"We know we need to enjoy things, that's the way we play".

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All the built up criticism from a frustrating second half disappeared in the roars of jubilation as England grabbed a deserved win against Tunisia, a victory that has set them on their way towards qualification from Group G.

"It is a new position for me", Walker said.