History of Concacaf teams against England motivates Panama

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Kyle Walker expects Panama to give England a tough test on Sunday, insisting the World Cup clash will be no "walkover".

Gareth Southgate says England's performance against Tunisia in their opening World Cup game was as good as anything any other side has produced at the tournament so far.

Southgate went on to discuss the role of the media covering the national side which sparked a frenzied debate between journalists and former players.

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

"The picture the other day wasn't even the team so it was even less of a drama, it was a list of runners and riders for the training session".

"They're fighting for their lives to stay in this competition and if we get the victory we want, they're out".

"The team came out three days before the first game and I didn't say anything because it's something we can't control", he said. "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".

The pedestrianised street near the city's Kremlin was also packed with Russians enjoying a regular night out and families who came to soak up the World Cup fever.

England travelled east from their Repino base to Nizhny Novgorod for Sunday's Group G clash with Panama knowing victory will be enough to seal a place in the knockout stages.

"It is a young team and we are trying to get a forward line that are exciting in their movement and have scored goals at club level", he said. That's been a theme right the way throughout.

"We're really pleased with where he is at, but he wouldn't be ready for the game".

England's players are healthy entering this match, but what about their manager? It is important for them that they got a game under their belt, that they played well, that they experienced what it feels like to win with England in a big tournament.

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