The world cup win enjoyed by England over Tunisia was so far watched by the highest number of viewers in 2018, as it was confirmed that the television audience on BBC One reached 18.3 million. On Monday the game in Volgograd enjoyed a 69.2% audience share which beat the Royal Wedding during its peak. BBC Sports and the BBC iPlayer website had a record number of requests to stream the game, which reached over three million. This high volume of streaming requests made it the highest-ever live audience on any online BBC program. With two goals from caption Harry Kane, it was England who won the game 2-1.
England vs Panama in World Cup 2018 This Sunday
This Sunday it is England vs Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium and kicks off time is 1 pm BST. The match can be watched on ITV and BBC sharing the rights to the world cup, while fans can also follow the action with Telegraph Sport. In the latest team news, judging by a note spotted at the training session, it seems that Southgate is strongly considering dropping Raheem Sterling in the match against Panama.
After a day of recovery, the team returned for a full training session on Thursday morning. Steve Holland, the assistant manager, carried a note on the first training day that disclosed that the team was arranging to play against Panama in a 3-5-2 formation, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. What was most surprising is the fact that the note had Marcus Rashford in attacking rather than Sterling.
Will Panama’s Gomez Work His Magic on Sunday?
Gomez is known for guiding the Colombia team to the world cup in 1998, Ecuador to the 2002 tournament and there is little doubt that he will be working his magic on Sunday. Panama has reported no injuries, in a country known for boxing champions and baseball players, the world is waiting to see what could happen in its first trip to the world cup.
Gomez says his only hope is that the team will be a dignified rival, his wish is for fans to enjoy the game instead of criticising it or destroying the dream achieved by Panama. He is confident that the team knows what they are up against on Sunday.
Pre-match Predictions for England vs Panama
When the fans were asked to make a prediction for the upcoming game on Sunday the score prediction, in general, came to Panama 0 England 4. Could it be that Panama has a magic trick up their sleeve? Panama limited the damage in its friendly match against Demark to 1-0 in March and have experimented with at least five defenders.
Gomez says they know what they are up against and England have struggled before to break down a good defensive team. But once they get that first goal in you can expect the floodgates to open.