World Cup 2018: England vs Panama prediction, team line-ups and preview as Harry Kane leads Three Lions in Nizhny Novgorod
HARRY Kane fired England to the perfect start with his injury-time winner against Tunisia.
Now England go into their second Group G game with minnows Panama on Sunday June 24 at 1pm with the nation expecting a comfortable win.
Dele Alli is likely to miss out after picking up a thigh injury in the 2-1 win over Tunisia, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to deputise.
The main issue for manager Gareth Southgate is whether to stick with Raheem Sterling up front, or go for Marcus Rashford.
Panama, who lost their opening game to Belgium 3-0, have no injuries to report and captain Roman Torres could be key to preventing England winning at a canter.
Betway have England at 5/1 on to win, with Panama rank outsiders at 20/1 to pull off an upset.
England to win 1-0 with a Kane goal is 14/1.
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Loftus-Cheek, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Rashford, Kane
Panama (4-1-4-1): Penedo; Murillo, Escobar, R Torres, Davis; Gomez; Barcenas, Godoy, Cooper, Rodriguez; Perez
- This will be the first ever meeting between England and Panama.
- England are unbeaten in their last four World Cup games against CONCACAF nations (W2 D2), drawing the last two against USA in 2010 and Costa Rica in 2014. Their only defeat came in 1950 against USA.
- Panama will be the 38th different nation England have faced at a World Cup – of the previous 37, they’ve only lost their first meeting against five; USA and Spain in 1950, Uruguay in 1954, Hungary in 1962 and Italy in 1990.
- CONCACAF nations have only won one of their last 10 World Cup meetings against European sides (W1 D3 L6), with Mexico beating Germany in the opening round of matches in this tournament.
- In their opening match against Belgium, Panama suffered the biggest defeat in a World Cup debut match (0-3) since Ukraine vs Spain in 2006 (0-4).
- England haven’t won consecutive games at the World Cup since their opening two games of the 2006 tournament.
- Only twice before have England won both of their opening two games to a World Cup campaign (1982 and 2006).
- Striker Harry Kane has scored in each of his last four appearances for England, his best ever run for the Three Lions.
- In their opening match against Tunisia, Harry Kane became the first England player to score a brace in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990.
- Harry Kane has scored both of England’s goals so far at World Cup 2018. The last England player to score more goals in the group stages of a World Cup tournament was Gary Lineker in 1986 (three).