In the latest Panama news, defender Harold Cummings insists they are not afraid of England and will “play hard” in their 2018 World Cup clash.
England are ranked 12th in the world, 43 places higher than Panama, and many believe Gareth Southgate’s men will pick up a comfortable Group G win to move to within the brink of the last-16 stage.
However, Los Canaleros proved they can mix it with the bigger nations and they frustrated Belgium in their opener for 45 minutes, managing to reach the break with the score 0-0.
The Red Devils’ quality shone through in the second half as they ran out 3-0 winners, but their opponents certainly made life difficult for Roberto Martinez’s men, who were on the receiving end of some tough tackles.
Panama ended the match with five yellow cards, highlighting their robust nature on the pitch, and England need to be wary of the physicality they will be up against on Sunday.
San Jose Earthquakes defender Cummings, who has over 50 caps for his country, insists his side will be giving everything they have against the Three Lions this weekend.
“We are going there to play hard,” he told Press Association Sport. “We are going there to compete. We will do our job against any team we face. England have players that are competing at a really high level, and I think that is an advantage they have over us.
“It is going to be man versus man and we are not going to look at the names on the back of the England jerseys.”