Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
England midfielder Eric Dier has warned his teammates to respect Panama ahead of their World Cup clash at the end of the week.
The three lions were able to overcome Tunisia as the stubborn African side fought with all they had.
It almost resulted in England only getting a point out of the game but Harry Kane nodded home just minutes from full-time to give them all three points.
Now, they face another potential banana peel in the form of Panama.
Though, Eric Dier will not be getting carried away ahead of the game.
‘In football, you really can’t get carried away and look too far ahead because that’s when things go wrong,’ he explained to the Daily Mail.
‘Every game is different but the most important thing, no matter who you’re playing, is to have the ultimate respect for them. Our attitude has to be perfect for every game.
‘There won’t be any easy games here, that doesn’t exist any more at the World Cup, it’s a myth. You can make a game easy or you can make a game extremely hard – and the opposition can do the same to you.’
‘In football, as much as there is talent and greatness and genius those differences between teams are so small,’ he said.
‘It’s the attitude and commitment and desire which ultimately puts one team over another one.
‘For every single game – whether we’re on the back foot or the front foot it doesn’t matter – as long as those key elements are there I don’t care who is favourite.’
The big England news on Wednesday came in the form of an injury to the most unexpected member.
That is because it was revealed that Gareth Southgate actually had a pretty serious injury problem.