• Cielo Vista

Panama prepares for its toughest World Cup challenge yet

June 23, 2018

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia –  Panama will name an unchanged line-up for the World Cup Group G clash against England on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod, veteran coach Hernán Gómez confirmed on Saturday.

The Colombian, who previously coached his home country and Ecuador at the World Cup, said he was opting for experience in his team selection.

“The line-up will be exactly the same,” said Gómez.

He added: “We have a certain stability and an organized team.”

Ironically, England has been embroiled in a row with media about reporters revealing their starting line-up well before the game.

Potential plans to drop forward Raheem Sterling for Marcus Rashford were revealed after a photograph showing a possible line-up for Sunday was published after being photographed in the hand of assistant coach Steve Holland.

The publication of the team sheet prompted a spat between the England camp and the media.

Gómez said though it made not the slightest difference to his plans, nor “gives me any advantage.”

He praised an “organized” and “speedy” England and said they would present an even stiffer test than Belgium, the top ranked team in the group, who beat the Central Americans 3-0.

“Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult match,” he said. “It’s going to be our hardest match by far.”

He even admitted that the result could be the same or even worse, but snapped at one reporter who accused of him of being excessively negative.

“Have you heard me talk to my players, have you?” he responded after being accused of being talking down Panama’s chances.

Gomez said the Panamanians would try to defend stoutly and pick-off England in the “chaos” of the counter-attack.

“If we play in an organized way and play the way we can, we can give them a hard time.”

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Venezuelan embassy reopens in Costa Rica
News
4 views
News
4 views

Venezuelan embassy reopens in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 21, 2019

María Faria, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Costa Rica, announced this week that the South American country's embassy in San José…

IACHR mission visits Costa Rica to evaluate protections for indigenous communities
Costa Rica
10 views
Costa Rica
10 views

IACHR mission visits Costa Rica to evaluate protections for indigenous communities

AFP and The Tico Times - May 21, 2019

Representatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) began on Monday a visit to Costa Rica to supervise protection…

Fishing for the next generation in Quepos
Sponsored content
7 views
Sponsored content
7 views

Fishing for the next generation in Quepos

Scott Cutter / Marina Pez Vela - May 20, 2019

Having completed the 20th edition of the Offshore World Championship in May, and the 7th edition of this iconic event…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!