first_img“More importantly was that we didn’t react to it.“We talked about that before the game, and only got one yellow card, which I though was a bit harsh for Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] anyway.“I was really pleased with the discipline we showed.” Gareth Southgate praised Jesse Lingard following the Manchester United ace’s wonder goal in England’s defeat of Panama.Lingard, the midfielder, scored England’s third goal of the 6-1 win, curling a fine long-range strike into the top corner of Jaime Penedo’s goal after a lovely give-and-go with Raheem Sterling. 2 Lingard’s goal was one of the best seen at the World Cup so far It was the first truly open play goal the Three Lions scored at the tournament, with Harry Kane later adding to this tally when he deflected Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s strike past Penedo to complete his hat-trick and move top of the competition’s scoring charts.Lingard was a lively presence until his substitution just after the hour mark, with the 25-year-old linking play brilliantly between midfield and attack. It was the same role Lingard played well in England’s World Cup opener, the defeat of Tunisia, and the performance was further proof that Lingard has developed into one of Southgate’s most important players since his appointment as England manager.And Southgate spoke to talkSPORT after the game, admitting just how pleased he was to see Lingard scored such a well-deserved goal.“I’m really pleased with the ruthless nature of the first-half,” Southgate said. “It took us a little while to work out the opposition’s system – it was a 6-3-1 really – and it was not easy to find space. We also got caught on the counter attack a couple of times.“But once we opened the scoring, we really started to look a threat. A couple of really special moves in that first half in particular.“I’m really pleased for Jesse Lingard. [His] was a top goal and his performances have warranted that as he’s been excellent for us in our recent matches.“We also continue to be a real threat from our set plays; the free-kick we played short was very special.”Panama appeared to approach the match as if they were playing rugby rather than football, with endless bad challenges and constant holding in the box leading to England winning two penalties and 13 free-kicks.There were times when a poor tackle caused Panama and England players to face up to one another, but Southgate was largely pleased with how his squad didn’t rise to provocation.“We knew that was likely to happen,” Southgate added, when asked about Panama’s physical play.“Teams now know we are such a threat; we’ve got three or four players that they’ve got to keep an eye on.“I was pleased the referee was strong. 2 Lingard was a victim of Panama’s aggression, winning a penalty after pressure from two defenders last_img

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