'Relaxed' Southgate plays down row over leaked England photo

Raheem Sterling

The Tottenham midfielder suffered a minor thigh injury against Tunisia and has been rated as "unlikely" to feature in Nizhny Novgorod by England boss Gareth Southgate.

England struggled to break down Tunisia in the second half of their opening match and there are concerns they could find it similarly tough against a physical Panama side, who offered stout resistance against Belgium in a goalless first half.

"They don't have a lot of individual stars like Belgium and [Eden] Hazard, but they work well as a team, especially on ball recovery".

"Dan (Ashworth, FA technical director) has had correspondence with the head of the referees, so we're very comfortable with the responses we had", Southgate said on the eve of facing Panama.

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"I've fulfilled that role and know how hard it is".

"My only observation, which I probably haven't worded properly, it's definitely an advantage for us or for the opposition if you know the tactics of the other team". We've been watching video footage of England and they're a very tactical outfit, they recover ball possession very quickly, they speed up play very quickly and have a one-touch approach that is incredible. 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.

"There's no drama for me about it". In contrast, England's Premier League is viewed as one of the world's most premier divisions. The front sheet is always the runners and riders in training, and behind that all the changes we'll make in the session. "I understand a few of the guys (English media) have had a bashing on social media, sorry for that and I don't wish that on anyone as I have had it myself".

"We haven't been open [with the media] because we expected something in return".

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"We know we need to enjoy things, that's the way we play". We've got key men in key areas who can go and get goals at any time.

England can seal progress to the World Cup last-16 stage with a game to spare if they follow up Monday's 2-1 win against Tunisia with another victory in sweltering Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

Southgate, though, is not prepared to underestimate a team who caused a shock by qualifying for the finals in Russian Federation ahead of the United States.

"We are desperate to repay them with a performance like the one we gave the other night", he said. They are an incredibly proud country. Their route to qualification was remarkable, really. We just want to win as many games as possible and he just popped up with two goals that got us all three points.

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