England defender Harry Maguire calls for cool heads in Panama clash

England defender Harry Maguire calls for cool heads in Panama clash

In their opening match Southgate's troops snatched a deserved injury-time victor against Tunisia in a game which saw Harry Kane net twice either side of a controversial Ferjani Sassi penalty, as The Three Lions won their first opening game at the Finals in 12 years - they now have the opportunity to win their first two World Cup matches for only the second time since 1982.

Asked if his consistency in front of goal was hard to deal with in his role as de facto deputy, Vardy said: "He's not annoying at all!" "They (England) don't have a lot of individual stars like Belgium".

Leicester defender Maguire is highly unlikely to be intimidated - standing 6ft 4in, weighing in at more than 15 stone and a veteran of countless tussles during his time with Sheffield United in League One - but he has stressed the importance of staying focused.

"He gave his apologies and said it was the first time he had messed up in 20 years, which we had a bit of a laugh about because his refereeing skills are not great". I've had more knocks than a penalty decision given against me.

"I like how my team worked".

Don't miss a moment of the World Cup! It wasn't the ideal start, but I have to pick myself up.

"I am an experienced player here and I can't let things like that affect me because there's other people that might be looking up to me to pull them through the game".

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Gareth Southgate yesterday insisted that his assistant Holland did NOT unintentionally reveal the Three Lions' starting line-up to face Panama in the sweltering heat of Nizhny Novgorod tomorrow.

England secured their first win in the opening game of a major tournament since 2006 with some late drama against Tunisia. There are no expectation on this Panama side and although I don't see them getting a result from this game, they should put up a good showing. So of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not.

"All that is saying is telling our next opponents we've got 23 players in the squad and letting them know their names again", he said. If anything overcoming the circumstances are even more convincing for England than the win itself, they'll face tougher tests ahead but it does look like this team has a good tournament in them.

"Discipline is going to be a big part of the game", added Maguire.

"Tunisia liked to play the ball out from the back and they was very patient, and we pressed them high, but they got out sometimes".

"If they are continuously fouling us, we can't react in a bad way".

"If we are distracted, even for a millisecond, we are going to suffer".

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