Gary Neville argues with several English journalists on subject of leaked notes

Carrie Guzman
June 23, 2018

Thankfully for those interested in England's selection issues, a window appears to have opened into Southgate's frame of mind thanks to some opportunistic photography at their latest training session in Repino.

Southgate has huge faith in Sterling, the manager greeting him with a warm embrace after his disappointing night against Tunisia, and firmly believes he will deliver for England.

"It is better this is me than one of the players", he said.

England needs to be more clinical if they are to take care of Panama in their second game in Group G and put themselves on the brink of qualification to the knockout stage.

There has, as yet, been no comment from the England camp denying that this is the team for the match in Nizhny Novgorod.

Of course infamously England physio Gary Lewin broke his ankle at the World Cup four years ago when he slipped celebrating the Three Lions goal against Italy and had to be stretchered off.

The sight of the normally reserved national team boss going a bit berserk at Harry Kane's injury time victor was absolutely magnificent as he punched the air in delight.

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The Football Association declined to comment on the significance, or otherwise, of the shot.

The note also showed Marcus Rashford in attack in the place of Raheem Sterling, but Southgate shrugged off the accidental leak, insisting he was yet to make any final decision on tactics or selection.

"We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly". It is a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out.

England players didn't train today but when they were called for a team meeting you can just imagine how they reacted to seeing their manager in a sling.

Stones, who has settled into a role in the centre of a three-man defence with Kyle Walker to his right and Maguire to his left, is relishing the responsibility of organising the back line and being tasked with starting England's passing moves. I just knew that she was gone.

Southgate has been well aware of the taxing conditions but they acclimatised in Volgograd - although this game kicks off at 3pm local time, six hours hours earlier than against Tunisia.

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