Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

England cricketers have some fun with debate over World Cup line-up

England cricketers have some fun with debate over World Cup line-up

While Gareth Southgate believes his side are at a disadvantage following the leaked team sheet by coach Steve Holland, England will start as favourites for the clash high on confidence thanks to captain Kane.

Panama will have drawn confidence from the first 45 minutes against the Red Devils, and they will hope that their physical approach will unsettle England as they go in search of their first ever World Cup point (11/2) while a shock win is available at 20/1.

Southgate has now officially confirmed Alli will sit the game out after informing his players of the starting XI to play Panama.

However, Southgate has now clarified that he does not expect the English press to operate as fans would during the tournament and said the picture actually only showed plans for that day's training session. "But given that it was just a squad list, it doesn't really make any difference to us really".

Dele Alli's thigh injury that was picked up against Tunisia is likely to keep him out of the side which could pave the way for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to start after impressing as a substitute against Tunisia.

There are no such questions over the Panama team.

Either way, it's fair to say it's the first blip of negative relations amid otherwise positive and open media coverage of the England team and Southgate. We've been watching videos of England, they've worked very hard, they're a tactical outfit, they speed up play and have an wonderful one-touch style.

"But, yeah, that's a personal choice".

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"I can't let things like that affect me - others might be looking to me to pull them through the game".

You'll be able to watch England in action again on Thursday, June 28, as they take on Belgium, with the match kicking off at 7pm.

Southgate is also keen to keep everyone in his squad happy, including those yet to get any game time in Russian Federation.

"I think each and every coach needs to make sure they're 100 per cent prepared and ready regardless of the opposition". "More than anything I think for the guys who aren't in the team tomorrow or who haven't been in the team for either game".

"My view is I totally understand the media have a role to report the news", he said. It's going to be a tough task but if we just concentrate on ourselves we should be fine.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's game, the former Premier League victor said: "At the end of the day we are all here for one reason and that is to keep winning as many games as possible".

"My concern is that my players work well, that they stay true to their style and keep up their good work".

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