England vs Panama Preview

Hope Soto
June 24, 2018

On Monday, Harry Kane scored twice to see England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening group game.

There was to be a twist though as in unfamiliar fashion England kept going until the very end and got their reward with a late victor. "Obviously VAR has helped them a lot, but he hasn't chosen to use it".

They frustrated Belgium in the first half, holding them to a stalemate and looked likely to pick up one of the shocks of the first round.

"He gave his apologies and said it was the first time he had messed up in 20 years, which we had a bit of a laugh about because his refereeing skills are not great".

"My own view is most things that have been referred to the VAR have ended up with the correct decisions". For an opening game, which are notoriously tight, the team were impressive and I believe will get better.

Walker, who is playing in central defence this tournament, said the penalty conceded hasn't shaken his confidence any, however. "Sorry for that and I don't wish that on anyone as I have had it myself".

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Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez sees no reason why England's possible starting line-up being leaked ahead of Sunday's game should be any advantage to his players. "They're going to want it physical but we're more than capable of adapting to that".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be here with them in Russian Federation but Sweden, with a team whose image is the complete antithesis of their former hero, came so close to becoming legends in their own right in Sochi with a warrior performance that deserved more than last minute heartbreak. Panama will settle eventually into their shell and make it hard, but overall the match will be more comfortable than the one against Tunisia as Panama do not possess as much quality on the ball.

"If we are distracted for only a millisecond, we are going to suffer", Gomez said.

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

England's World Cup campaign continues when they face Panama on Sunday and the Britwatch team is here to break down their potential progression to the knockout stages. England should be able to press their ascendancy if the Belgium game is anything to go by. And if you happen to be out of the country but still want to get hold of the United Kingdom broadcast coverage of the World Cup encounter, we can tell you a nifty, legal trick that will allow you to live stream the England vs Panama match even if you find yourself region-blocked.

"If they are continuously fouling us, we can't react in a bad way. If we can find him, we will, and, more often than not, he's going to score".

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