England will face Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 24 knowing that a win would potentially be enough to secure a spot in the last 16 of the tournament.
The Three Lions got their World Cup campaign in Russia to a roaring start with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in Group G, where captain Harry Kane scored twice – including a stoppage-time winner – to seal all three points.
Panama, meanwhile, are bottom of the group following their 3-0 loss to Belgium and are outsiders to qualify for the next round. They must avoid defeat if they want to keep their hopes of making it to the last 16 stage alive.
Gareth Southgate’s side will head into the fixture a confident team despite not being wholly convincing for the better part of the 90 minutes.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Group G match.
|Game||England vs Panama|
|Date||Sunday, June 24|
|Time||1pm BST / 8am ET|
|Stream (US only)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Pickford, Pope, Butland|
|Defenders||Walker, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Cahill, Rose, Stones, Maguire, Jones, Young|
|Midfielders||Dier, Delph, Henderson, Alli, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Lingard|
|Forwards||Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck|
Tottenham forward Dele Alli looks set to be left out of the squad to due an injury, which could pave the way for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to be given his first World Cup start.
Potential England XI: Pickford; Stones, Maguire, Walker; Trippier, Young, Lingard, Henderson, Sterling, Loftus-Cheek; Kane.
|Goalkeepers||Penedo, Calderon, Rodriguez|
|Defenders||Baloy, Cummings, Davis, Escobar, Machado, Murillo, Ovalle, Torres|
|Midfielders||Barcenas, Cooper, Godoy, Gomez, Pimentel, Quintero, Rodriguez|
|Forwards||Arroyo, Diaz, Perez, Tejada, Torres|
Panama manager Hernan Dario Gomez could decide to bring Luis Tejada into the starting side to boost his attack, and Ismael Diaz could replace Jose Luis Rodriguez.
Potential Panama XI: Penedo; Murillo, Escobar, Torres, Davis; Gomez, Godoy, Cooper, Diaz, Barcenas; Tejada.
Betting & Match Odds
England have odds of being 1/4 favourites to win, and dabblebet have odds of 5/1 for a draw. Panama are deemed a 14/1 bet to win.
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England’s performances at previous World Cup have been coated with devastating misery and disappointment, but their opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia has given the squad a much-needed morale boost in Russia.
The stoppage-time winner scored by Kane was a welcome lifting of the spirits for a team that are too often a victim of their own high expectations and pressure mounted onto them. It was, additionally, a rare piece of luck that England were able to win the game despite being denied two strong claims for penalties after Kane looked to have been fouled twice in the Tunisia box.
It had looked to be another frustrating tournament for England when Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and John Stones missed a slew of close chances in the first half and Tunisia equalised 1-1 through a penalty. Gareth Southgate’s side, however, were able to dig deep and push through for a late winner.
England are already performing better than they did in Brazil four years ago, where they were unable to register even a single win in the group stage – losing to Uruguay and Italy and drawing with Costa Rica – before crashing out spectacularly as they finished rock bottom.
Panama are appearing at the World Cup for the first ever time in history and though they aren’t favourites to progress to the next round, playing in Russia is still a golden opportunity to exhibit their talent on a global stage and make their fans back home proud.
The CONCACAF side did show good character when they managed to go into half-time against Belgium 0-0, and it was only the unstoppable efforts of Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku that saw them lose.
Panama will still be looking to pull off another great upset in football, following in the trend of Croatia beating Argentina and Mexico beating Germany, to continue their chances of making it to the round of 16.