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"When can we say 'can you check the TV?' Because we had the referees meeting and if we do put that forward to them and he doesn't agree, he can show us the yellow".

Sterling's performances at worldwide level have been a cause for consternation and the "Twitterati" were calling for him to be dropped in the wake of a disappointing effort in Monday's 2-1 win over Tunisia.

"I was where Steve Holland was 4 years ago and you feel like you've let your team / coaching staff down", he added. There is no physiological benefit to train in the heat for a couple of weeks before and thinking there will be an adaptation.

A two-time Premier League Golden Boot victor, Kane banished any remaining doubts over his ability to perform on the biggest stage for his country with the first double by an English player at the World Cup since Gary Lineker in 1990.

"We need to be 100 per cent focused for over 90 minutes or we will suffer a lot".

"We want to play in the style we played coming into the tournament. That's been a theme throughout so there will be no complacency in the way we've prepared for the game", he said.

"We've seen the difficulty bigger countries have had in breaking down lower-ranked teams", he said.

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"I'm going to have my No. 5 John Stones shirt on for the rest of the tournament". It's disgusting being a supporter and I don't want to get used to it but that elation I felt when he scored, you guys must have all felt it.

Crucially for England, though, they have pace on their side, and the likes of Rashford and Jesse Lingard could run Panama ragged and set up the Three Lions for a second win on the bounce. We can certainly beat teams on our day.

"We have technically good players who we want on the ball and expressing themselves, as we did the other night against Tunisia. They are the things that are important".

He said: 'Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us.

Southgate also underlined the fact that some of the assumptions - such as Marcus Rashford replacing Raheem Sterling in attack and Ruben Loftus-Cheek starting in place of the injured Dele Alli - were not necessarily true.

The England manager played down the importance of that picture on the eve of the game and the furore that followed it, especially as "people have taken something from it which probably isn't correct".