England less threatening than Belgium, says Panama's Rodriguez

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Rashford is hopeful the Tottenham midfielder will be ready to face Panama on Sunday, having come through his own struggles with a knee niggle during the final stages of the Three Lions' preparations. "So, we just kept plugging away".

Maguire said getting the late victor could prove to be a bigger positive for the England lineup than winning the game by a comfortable margin. What pleased me is that there has been a long period of work gone into (Monday's) result from all the players and all of the support team.

"But Panama for 45 minutes were obdurate opponents against Belgium and we'll have to prepare 100 per cent right to win it".

The Tottenham striker headed an injury-time victor to earn a 2-1 victory for England in their first World Cup match on Monday, having earlier opened the scoring with an 11th-minute volley. But you have to look past that and recognise the general performance in the second half was not good enough for a side who everyone is suggesting has moved on.

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Paul Merson though, capped 21 times by England, was far from pleased with what he saw from the number nine.

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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. Kane, speaking to reporters as quoted by FourFourTwo, revealed what the Argentine had texted him post-game.

"He's probably the one player - him and (Jordan) Pickford - who haven't played in cup finals or on big-stage Champions League games in the past".

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Many believe Kane to be limited, other than his ability to find the back of the net, however, he believes the sky to be the limit and wants to compare himself to the very best. "And he's got a really lovely calm temperament".

"For me, he has outstanding potential and I hope (the game) has given him a lot of belief".

"It's been a unusual but very exciting time over the last few years and something that I'm ever so proud of", Maguire said on the eve of the tournament.

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

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"You're thinking about people back home and your families and friends and stuff like that".

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