Hernan Dario Gomez says England’s possible leaked team sheet for their World Cup Group G clash does not give Panama an advantage.
England boss Gareth Southgate rebuked the claims a photo taken at training had leaked his starting line-up for Sunday’s game, but told talkSPORT that “obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it’s a disadvantage to us.”
Gomez has disagreed, saying that regardless of whether or not Marcus Rashford replaces Raheem Sterling, or Ruben Loftus-Cheek comes in for the injured Dele Alli, the England side will be strong.
“It doesn’t give me or afford me any advantage,” he said. “I think each and every coach needs to make sure they’re 100 per cent prepared and ready regardless of the opposition.
“It doesn’t matter who plays, because if one doesn’t play the other is just as good.”
The Colombian coach, taking part in his third World Cup, also confirmed his own starting line-up, opting to stick with the same XI that lost to Belgium 3-0 in their opener.
“The line-up will be exactly the same,” he said. “I like how my team worked.
“The team that starts the match is the one with the most experience, that’s one of our assets. As a starting XI we are very organised and tactical.”
And despite being beaten comfortably by the Belgians, Gomez said England are even tougher opposition.
“England are going to be our hardest match by far,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of individual stars like Belgium and [Eden] Hazard, but they work well as a team, especially on ball recovery, and are an excellent team.
“This is going to be a very tough nut to crack.”