England News: Southgate keen to build momentum

1 year ago

In the latest England news, Gareth Southgate has hinted that he could name a similar XI to face Belgium as he looks to build momentum after an emphatic win over Panama.

The Three Lions booked their spot in the last-16 of the World Cup in style courtesy of a 6-1 victory over Central American minnows Panama in Nizhny Novgorod.

England’s triumph, which was their highest ever victory at the global showpiece, was sealed thanks to a hat-trick from Harry Kane, a brace from John Stones and an impressive long-range strike from Jesse Lingard.

Despite always looking comfortable in their second Group G clash, Southgate admitted he was unhappy with some of the performance.

Southgate said: “I didn’t particularly like the performance.

“I’m being hyper-critical, but I didn’t like the start, I didn’t like the goal at the end. The bits in the middle were pretty good though!”

The 1966 World Cup winners go up against Belgium in their final group assignment with top spot up for grabs.

England, who are priced at 10/1 to win the World Cup with Paddy Power, currently sit at the top of the pool due to a better fair play record and a draw with no further cards in Kaliningrad on Thursday will see them hold on to that spot.

Southgate could look to rotate his starting XI to avoid picking up any needless injuries, however, he has hinted that he will likely stick with the same selection policy to try and keep building momentum.

He added: “I want to keep the momentum, we have to think about the team we want to put out, it’s an opportunity for players who need a match who haven’t played for a while but on the other hand we want to keep winning.

“It’s a nice decision to have!”