Where will England finish in the World Cup?


Panama are bottom of the group on goal difference and need a positive result against England in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday to retain any hope of progressing to the knockout stages. "So, we just kept plugging away".

"I think the players know it's hard to win a match in the World Cup against any opposition and Tunisia were opposition we respected".

That looks a tough prospect for a side who lost their most gifted play-maker, Youssef Msakni, to injury before the tournament. There was no creativity and the goalie never made a save in the second half.

"But Panama for 45 minutes were obdurate opponents against Belgium and we'll have to prepare 100 per cent right to win it". At the moment, England are effectively playing with three number 10s...

England captain Harry Kane insists he will use the World Cup as a platform to prove his quality as he aims to reach the levels of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"If I'm being honest - and I'm one of his biggest fans - I thought he was poor", he told Sky Sports Super 6.

According to figures released by world governing body FIFA, Brazil's opening match against Switzerland drew in a total of 55.89 million people - higher than any game played in 2014 when Brazil hosted the World Cup. Maybe for him it was more of a voyage of discovery (against Tunisia) than for some of the others.

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"But after that it got worrying; it really fizzled out". "I just love to see kids enjoying themselves and running about, getting the fitness going".

The BBC's dominant record comes from screening the majority of England's group stage wins over the last 20 years.

Four of England's six group game defeats have come when on ITV, losing to Romania during France 98, Portugal at Euro 2000, France at Euro 2004 and Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.

Merson said that he feels Kane needs to offer more from open play, with his goals coming from set pieces.

"The difference between now and 98 is at this time I was sat in a drug-testing room with Teddy Sheringham while everybody else was celebrating".

"As a coach, you're into looking at the game back on the way home and immediately focusing everybody around you on the next task, so the enjoyment lasts a bit less time".