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Panama's manager reveals exactly what he said to Gareth Southgate at half-time

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England mean business in the World Cup this summer.

After defeating Tunisia in their opening game, England were rampant against Panama as they hit six past their opponents.

Incredibly, England were five up at half-time.

John Stones got the ball rolling with an eighth minute strike, before Harry Kane and Lingard gave the Three Lions a three goal lead after 36 minutes.

Stones and Kane then both got their second of the game as England went into the break with a five goal lead.

It truly was a wonderful half from England.

Just before the resumption of the second 45 minutes, Panama's manager, Hernán Darío Gómez, was caught chatting with Gareth Southgate.

The exchange ended with Southgate giving a thumbs up to his opposite number.

Watch it here:

But what exactly was said?

Many joked that Gomez was telling Southgate to let his side get a consolation. But Gomez himself has revealed what he said: and it's just brilliant.

Henry Winter, chief football writer for the Times, tweeted his words after the game.

"England are totally spectacular, a beautiful team," he said. "I went to congratulate him (Southgate) at half-time, I told him I really like his team."

Winter goes on to state that he acknowledged that both Kane penalties came from clear fouls by his Panama side.

Brilliant from Gomez.

He, like many, were clearly impressed with England.

It's nice to see him saying such nice words, despite his side being beaten 5-0.

He was raving about England's performance, but one many who wasn't actually that ecstatic, was Southgate himself.

“I didn’t particularly like the performance!" he admitted after the game. I didn’t like the start and I didn’t like the goal at the end but I guess the bits in the middle were pretty good,” Southgate told BBC Sport.

“I am being hyper-critical, though. I just thought we were a little anxious at the start. We played some really good stuff for 35-40 minutes but then of course the second half was more difficult.

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

“At 5-0 we talked about the importance of one more goal to be top of the group, so that’s why the goal at the end was disappointing.

“Confidence wise it was important that we were able to score goals. Our set plays were also a threat and that was pleasing to see.

“We want to keep momentum, we will have to think exactly about the team we want to put out against Belgium because there is an opportunity for players that need a match, but we also want to keep winning football matches.

"It is a nice decision to have.”

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