England's Kyle Walker says VAR a 'cloudy situation' at World Cup

Sunday, 24 Jun, 2018

England needs to be more clinical if they are to take care of Panama in their second game in Group G and put themselves on the brink of qualification to the knockout stage.

Southgate took the opportunity in his Friday press conference to condemn the leak by the press and effectively give his side's opponents the opportunity of seeing their line-up in advance. For someone to do that and try to help me as a young player, it says a lot about the person. "I liked how my team worked [against Belgium]", said the 62-year-old Colombian, who is managing at a third World Cup.

"I'm totally relaxed", the England manager said.

Apparently, the England soccer team is described in China as one of those who play "happy football". "Given that was just a squad list, it doesn't make any difference to us really".

"It is something we have spoken about and we are going to stick to our game plan. If we can find him, we will, and, more often than not, he's going to score".

"We've got to live and hope".

"It's a bit of a different dynamic for everybody, but we've got to abide by whatever decisions are given and make sure we keep focus, which was what pleased me the other night".

England will play in the warmest temperatures they have faced so far in Russian Federation, with the mercury soaring in their next host city. "I'm ready to support my team, I'm ready to come back stronger, I'm filled with motivation, I'm filled with desire to get back to the top".

There will also be plenty of intrigue around the rest of Southgate's starting XI against their CONCACAF foe after a picture of assistant Steve Holland's notes from England training on Thursday appeared to show that Raheem Sterling would be dropped for Marcus Rashford.

Having first informed Southgate about the phrase he then revealed the embarrassing connotations - adding that England sides were seen as "ridiculous" and "hilarious" on Chinese social media site Webo. "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".

In other action, Japan and Senegal will go head-to-head in Group H action after they both picked up victories in their opening games.

Now the England camp is actually asking media: Are you with us or against us? We all know everyone is away for weeks - all of us, players, staff, journalists, it's a hard environment to be in.