Tottenham and Three Lions player, Eric Dier has vowed England will not underestimate Panama as they continue their pursuit of the FIFA World Cup knockout stage and believes the team have the versatility to adapt to different styles of opposition.
Gareth Southgate’s favoured 3-5-2 formation has worked, with the Three Lions unbeaten in their last 15 matches, yet the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder says they have to be flexible on the big stage.
“In football, you need a plan B, C, D, E and F!,” Dier said, laughing. “Because you never know what’s going to happen.
“I think we’re in a really good place though, we’ve worked on lots of different styles of game management: being down to ten men, coming from behind, leading a game – we’ve worked on all these different scenarios.”
England’s 2-1 victory over Tunisiawas their first win in a World Cup opening game for 12 years, but Dier says there’s no room for complacency.
“Those celebrations were incredible, but now we have to settle down and stay focused, stay calm because it’s really just three points in the group,” warned the 24-year-old. “It was really important to win the first game, but at the same time, there is still a lot to be done.
The English will take-on theLos Canaleros(The Canal Men) on Sunday in their second group game at theNizhny Novgorod StadiuminNizhny Novgorod.