With the first week of the World Cup (WC) providing many firsts, the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will see the first-ever meeting between England and WC debutants Panama.
The ‘Three Lions’ march on after securing a last minute 2-1 win over worthy opponents Tunisia in their opening game. Gareth Southgate will want to better Belgium’s 3-0 win over Panama, with the ‘Red Devils’ (BEL) waiting in the wings in England’s final Group G game.
Separated by 43 places in the FIFA rankings, 55th-placed Panama surprised many by holding Belgium 0-0 at half-time. The ‘Canal Men’ (PAN) were eventually barged aside, but did have an opportunity to equalise at 1-0 through a Michael Murillo saved shot.
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With a difference of 14 goals in their respective qualifying stages, Panama will look for their debut goal against a team who gave away a penalty in their opening match. But with 17 shots on goal in their first match, England will hope for a better conversion rate against a keeper who has conceded 122 career goals in 129 international appearances.
Players to watch: With eight Premiership hat-tricks to his name, Harry Kane has scored three braces in 15 international goals.
New York Red Bulls’ Michael Murillo had a shot on target in his last game and is known for his speedy runs down the right – can he add to his two international goals here?
Stat attack: England are unbeaten in 11 games (W8, D3), while Panama have one win in eight (W1, D2, L5).
England have not conceded two goals in a game in the last 11.
Panama have not scored as the ‘away team’ in tournament competition since their 2016 qualifiers.
Kane scored eight of his 39 Premier League goals in the 46th-60th minute – Panama have conceded four in this period in their last five games (in all competitions).
Referee: Ghead G. (Egy)
Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (Nizhny Novgorod)