Express Sport understands Raheem Sterling will NOT be dropped, as the picture taken of Steve Holland’s notes suggested.
Instead, Sterling will start and the only change for this afternoon’s World Cup clash will see Ruben Loftus-Cheek replace the injured Dele Alli.
It means there is no place in the side for Marcus Rashford, whose name appeared to be on a piece of paper containing the England XI.
ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE PANAMA:
Jordan Pickford (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Gareth Southgate yesterday insisted that his assistant Holland did NOT unintentionally reveal the Three Lions’ starting line-up to face Panama in the sweltering heat of Nizhny Novgorod tomorrow.
And having initially challenged the English media to decide whether they’re “with us or against us,” Southgate wants to draw a line under the teamsheet controversy.
Indeed, in a remarkable act by an England boss during a World Cup campaign, Southgate even apologised for the abuse some journalists have been subjected to on social media for divulging the names on Holland’s piece of paper captured by long lens cameras.
“I made quite a balanced observation yesterday which, I’m told, has gathered quite a bit of momentum,” said Southgate.
“I should explain. My view is I totally understand the media have a role to report the news.
“My only observation is that it’s definitely an advantage for us or the opposition if you know the tactics of the other team.
“That was the only question I was asking.
“From our point of view, I don’t expect the media to be supporters of us in terms of the way they work. They’re here to work. I know they want us to do well.
“That’s been clear through the tournament. I’m really relaxed.”
Southgate’s team became public three days before the 2-1 win against Tunisia but the England chief claimed the line-up was under wraps.
He added: “Last week the team came out three days before the game and I said nothing.
“It’s not something we can control and I understand it’s something that happens and is part of being a big team.
“The picture the other day wasn’t even the team. The front sheet is always the runners and riders in training, and behind that all the changes we’ll make in the session.
“I’m totally relaxed. I understand some of the guys have had a bashing on social media, for which I apologise, but nothing that happens or is released changes the way we want to work with the media.”