'I think each and every coach needs to make sure they're 100 percent prepared and ready regardless of the opposition.
England's time in Russian Federation has largely gone smoothly but one or two concerns have seeped into Southgate's plans over recent days. "There's a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out".
England have opted to remain at their base in Repino rather than train in Nizhny Novgorod ahead of the match, and Southgate added that he is prioritising his players' physical preparation over adaptation to the differing climates of the host cities.
Any bias on behalf of the ants, which reside in the United Kingdom, was not taken into account, but this does not worry Mr Nicholson who said he was "forever hopeful" of England's chances of success.
"Every team will want to improve but we hit a level that is comparable to anything that I've seen. We need to be compact and limit their space". There is only one ball on the pitch and we're going to fight for it'.
Belgium found it tough indeed to break through Panama until Dries Mertens produced a bit of magic, so including Rashford from the start makes flawless sense for England. "At every corner he seemed to be getting grabbed and wrestled, but he's got away from his man twice, stuck two in the back of the net and won us the game", Maguire said. He also completed all 46 of his attempted passes in the match.
Per BBC Sport, he is likely to be replaced in midfield by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Yet he was clear to point out that Panama are not in Russian Federation for the ride and will be fighting to over-turn every expectation of what they can achieve at their first World Cup.
- CONCACAF nations have only won one of their last 10 World Cup meetings against European sides (W1 D3 L6), with Mexico beating Germany in the opening round of matches in this tournament.
The midfielder picked up a thigh injury during England's World Cup opener against Tunisia, and did not train with the rest of the squad on Friday.
What England have learnt from their study of the Central American side, playing in their first World Cup, is that "Los Canaleros" will aim to play a high-paced, physical game.
But while England's players can laugh about it, Gary Neville doesn't see the amusing side.