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What can England do differently against Panama?

England boss Gareth Southgate could be tempted to make changes against Panama.

England manager Gareth Southgate has selection choices to make against Panama. (Adam Davy/PA)
England manager Gareth Southgate has selection choices to make against Panama. (Adam Davy/PA)

England face Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday after their 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday gave them a winning World Cup start.

The Three Lions will be expected to beat Panama giving boss Gareth Southgate the option of making changes ahead of next week’s final Group G game against Belgium.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the possible changes Southgate could make.

Danny Rose for Ashley Young

England’s Ashley Young struggled to influence in attack. (Adam Davy/PA)

Wing-back Young struggled with his deliveries from open play and was overshadowed by Kieran Trippier on the right.

Fabian Delph could be an option having played at left-back for Manchester City last season but Rose would be more suited to England’s current system.

Marcus Rashford for Raheem Sterling

England’s Raheem Sterling was wasteful in front of goal against Tunisia. (Tim Goode/PA)

Manchester United’s Rashford offered a directness which England were missing after replacing Sterling, who spurned a golden first-half chance.

His second-half introduction helped the Three Lion keep the pressure on and gives Southgate a selection headache after Sterling’s wastefulness.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Dele Alli

England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek could replace Dele Alli against Panama. (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Tottenham midfielder Alli appeared to be carry a thigh problem in the first half but lasted until the 80th minute when Loftus-Cheek replaced him.

The Chelsea youngster’s physicality caused Tunisia problems and if Southgate wants to keep Alli fresh to face Belgium Loftus-Cheek is an obvious option.

Gary Cahill for Kyle Walker

England’s Kyle Walker (centre) conceded a penalty after colliding with Tunisia’s Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. (Adam Davy/PA)

Makeshift centre-back Walker never looked completely comfortable and conceded a sloppy penalty when he caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef to allow Ferjani Sassi to level.

Southgate wants his defenders to play out from the back, which is why Walker is in a central three, but Cahill could slot in for an easy change.



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