England's XI to face Panama is different to the leaked version

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England can qualify for the last-16 today with a victory over Panama.

Belgium made another big statement on Saturday by beating Tunisia 5-2, making another win essential for Gareth Southgate's side as they look to keep the pace with the Red Devils at the top of Group G.

The build-up has been far from ideal for Gareth Southgate, who hit out at the media earlier this week for zooming in on Steve Holland's teamsheet and attempting to reveal the Three Lions' starting XI.

Holland was understandably embarrassed and apologised to the team for the error.

It sparked an interesting debate about whether journalists should be doing their best to get behind the national team, or whether any scoops they can take from open training are fair game.

However, it seems the team that was 'leaked' wasn't actually the correct one. While it was thought Marcus Rashford would be replacing Raheem Sterling, that's not actually the case, as the misfiring Manchester City forward will start alongside Harry Kane.

The Telegraph, the Mail, and the Mirror are all now reporting that the introduction of Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be the only change as he comes in for the injured Dele Alli.

How England line-up

That leaves England's line-up as follows:

Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Henderson, Trippier, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek, Young; Sterling, Kane

Neither Danny Rose nor Eric Dier have managed to force their way into contention, while Rashford will once again have to make his impact from the bench.

Tunisia v England: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Southgate is believed to have confirmed his team to the players on Saturday.

There was little need to change things up significantly as England were impressive for large spells against Tunisia and had VAR been used to better effect, they ought to have won comfortably.

As enjoyable as Kane's last-gasp winner proved to be, they'll be hoping for something much more comfortable against the group's minnows.

Do you agree with the XI Southgate has picked? Have your say in the comments. 

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