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World Cup: Press helping out England rivals by publishing team, says Southgate

 

By Jack De Menezes

Gareth Southgate and Kyle Walker have hit out at the British media after pictures of England's planned team for the World Cup clash with Panama tomorrow were published, with assistant manager Steve Holland walking around training with the line-up written on a piece of paper.

The team, which could be seen clearly during England's training session on Thursday, has led manager Southgate to query whether the media are behind England's World Cup campaign, while Walker echoed his comments by suggesting the pictures should not have been published.

"It doesn't bother me in the slightest," Southgate said. "It is a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out.

"Obviously if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us. So of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not.

"Given that was a squad list, it doesn't make any difference."

England know that a victory tomorrow will give them safe passage through to the last-16 with a game to spare.

If the squad sheet is anything to go by, Southgate will make changes on Sunday with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford set to come into the side.

Walker said: "You guys need to keep it to yourself and don't bring it out, because it's not going to help us come the later stages if we get there."

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