Gareth Southgate rebukes media after team-sheet leak gaffe

How to watch England vs Panama in the World Cup tomorrow

Ruben Loftus Cheek looks likely to come in for England Credit Getty Images

"I liked how my team worked [against Belgium]", said the 62-year-old Colombian, who is managing at a third World Cup.

- Only twice before have England won both of their opening two games to a World Cup campaign (1982 and 2006). England have been practising how to combat that in training but Southgate has also stressed the importance of not giving away free-kicks in risky areas, noting the number of set-piece goals so far.

He added: "These players have the opportunity to make their own history". They should be excited about that.

"It told us a story that we have got to keep working hard at them because it pays off - even in the dying seconds".

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It was an excellent way we scored and after the first half no one would believe we were able to turn around. The Stoke City player also wore boots featuring both the Swiss and Kosovan flags.

"But there's no doubt the further we go in the tournament the more carefully that dynamic needs to be handled by myself and the staff".

The England boss also appeared unhappy with the eagerness with which English media outlets have recently pounced on apparent team leaks.

"This morning he followed the exact programme we had planned", Southgate said of Alli.

"We never trained at the stadiums before any qualifiers", he pointed out. It's more around the flow of the day, leave maximum time for physical recovery.

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But, ahead of the Panama clash, we were given another reminder that Southgate is already a world-class diplomat and ambassador for his country. There is no physiological benefit to train in the heat for a couple of weeks before and thinking there will be an adaptation.

"I think that shows the character that's in the team and the belief that we have in each other".

Henderson captained the Liverpool team defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League Final last month. "That's the key thing in the match".

Rose did not start in England's opening game against Tunisia on Monday night, and Le Tissier believes that the Tottenham Hotspur defender's left foot is needed in the side against Panama. "We've done a lot of due diligence on Panama over the last few months, watching all their qualifiers and all their matches since", Southgate said.

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"The situation in the group is a healthy one for us, but we have to focus on our performance". When I come to the Federation Internationale de Football Association workshops they were keen for us not to train to protect the pitches. We are also a close group and I think that takes us a long way. "We know they're a physical team". You don't really want to invite pressure if you can avoid it'. Equally we have to play with intelligence and keep improving. "The next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out".

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