Gareth Southgate has incredibly announced that he wasn’t happy with England’s performance in their 6-1 win over Panama.
The England manager watched his side romp to their biggest ever World Cup win, dispatching debutants Panama with a thumping 6-1 victory, wth goals coming from Harry Kane (3), John Stones (2) and Jesse Lingard.
Despite the result, which has left the Three Lions at the top of Group G ahead of Belgium, Southgate has admitted that he wasn’t entirely happy with the performance.
“I didn’t particularly like the performance really,” he told the BBC.
“I didn’t like the start, and I didn’t like (conceding) the goal at the end, but the bits in the middle were pretty good.
“I am being hyper critical, but I thought we were a bit anxious at the start and it was a very difficult challenge, because six and the back and three in midfield and they pressed well off of that.
“But once we had worked that out, then I thought we played some really good stuff for 35-40 minutes and of course the second half is very difficult, no matter what you say to the players at half time at 5-0.”
Southgate revealed that he told his players to go out and get another goal to try be top of the group on goal difference, as opposed to less yellow cards as it stands at the moment.
England go into their final group game against Belgium knowing that a draw should be good enough to top the group, providing they finish with a better disciplinary record than their Group G rivals.