Gareth Southgate: Media put England at 'disadvantage' by publishing team sheet

Gareth Southgate passes instructions to Marcus Rashford

Gareth Southgate passes instructions to Marcus Rashford Credit

It's hard to say.

Holland apologized to the squad at training on Friday in Repino, near St. Petersburg.

He said: "It's a bit of fun for the World Cup".

Walker, who is playing in central defence this tournament, said the penalty conceded hasn't shaken his confidence any, however.

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- Only twice before have England won both of their opening two games to a World Cup campaign (1982 and 2006).

"He's apologised to us all in training, which we had a bit of banter with him about, and that was it - we knocked it on the head at that", the defender added.

Preparations are under way for Sunday's penultimate Group G match against Panama, with the Manchester City centre-back surely a shoo-in to start in Nizhny Novgorod.

"Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us", Southgate said. They have also been eager to make themselves available for interview: such was the deluge of players willing to speak to the BBC after the game, the Beeb barely had any time to do some analysis.

"We have a great support team and they were there very quickly, they were supposed to be relaxing and I am giving them work", he said, adding "its better that it is me than one of the players".

"It is something we have spoken about and we are going to stick to our game plan".

"I feel they need to worry about us more than we need to worry about them".

The 31-year-old played in all but the final game of the World Cup qualifiers but was omitted from Gareth Southgate's squad after a disappointing season on loan at West Ham United.

He then doubled down by claiming, "Our media has to decide if they want to help the team or not".

"Sometimes when we got a foul I felt it wasn't a foul".

"Before the injury he had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top, but we have good options on the bench".

"Harry was the ideal example".

The 33-year-old has also gotten off to a flyer at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, with the Portugal captain having scored four goals in his first two games for his country.

"If we can all react like that it would be a flawless scenario".

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