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Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

After lineup photographed, England urges media to help team

After lineup photographed, England urges media to help team

ESPN brings you the best numbers. Panama did get a consolation goal though, their first ever at a World Cup.

For England fans, the pain of losing to Iceland in the 2016 European Championships and a first-round exit without a win at the 2014 World Cup, was finally slipping away. Kane's five goals mean he now leads both Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku, scorers of four goals apiece, in the race for the Golden Boot.

Recovering from the muscular problems in his thigh sustained during England's first World Cup match against Tunisia, Dele Alli returned to training with the rest of his teammates on Saturday.

"I'm very pleased with so much of what we've done, pleased with the mentality of the players and for keeping their patience".

England can qualify for the last 16 if they beat Panama, who must claim at least a draw to have any chance of going through, having lost 3-0 to Belgium in their opening match.

Sterling, Alli and Jesse Lingard have been struggling for goals from midfield to support Harry Kane who was the two goal hero against Tunisia.

Southgate took issue with the media publishing the photograph and said journalists covering England must decide whether they want to help or hinder his team at this World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's men flew out of the blocks in the Group G clash and John Stones soon broke the deadlock, heading home Kieran Trippier's corner in the 8th minute. They emulated the feat of Germany's Ottmar Walter and Fritz Walter, brothers incidentally, who scored two goals each during their team's 6-1 win during the 1954 semi-final over Austria.

On Sunday's game, he said England had done "due diligence" on Panama and was not expecting an easy game. Kocsis and Fontaine were the top scorers at each of the World Cups mentioned, with 11 and 13 goals, respectively.

Gareth Southgate's side beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game but missed a series of first-half chances and needed a stoppage-time victor from captain Harry Kane to secure the three points.

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