By Michael Place
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- What to look
out for on Sunday at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Harry Kane and England changes:
After a brace in England’s 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their
opening game, England will again look to Kane to be their main
attacking outlet against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod. Kane has
netted 10 times in his last nine international matches and will
back himself to continue his impressive run against a Panama
side that let in three goals in their opener against Belgium.
The Tottenham striker was joined in attack last week by
Raheem Sterling but the Manchester City forward’s inconsistent
form might mean a chance is given to Marcus Rashford.
Kane’s Spurs teammate Dele Ali could also lose his place as
he struggles to recover in time from a thigh strain.
Manager Gareth Southgate is also said to be considering using
the naturally left-sided Danny Rose at left-back instead of
right-footed Ashley Young.
Panama to keep faith in 4-1-4-1:
Panama coach Hernan Gomez has predicted that his team’s clash
with England will be their most difficult of the tournament.
Gomez is expected to maintain the 4-1-4-1 formation he used
against Belgium, with experienced midfielder Gabriel Gomez
sitting in front of a back four and 37-year-old Blas Perez
playing as a lone striker.
The defence will be marshalled by Seattle Sounders center-half
Roman Torres, whose winning goal against Costa Rica secured
Panama’s place in Russia.
Recent results from their regional neighbors do not augur
well for Panama; CONCACAF teams have won only one of their past
10 World Cup meetings against their European rivals.
Can Mane shine for Senegal?:
Sadio Mane was strangely quiet in Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of
Poland in their opener. The Lions of Teranga will be hoping that
his pace and clever dribbling will help unlock Japan’s defence
in Yekaterinburg. But he is not the team’s only attacking weapon
Stoke City striker Mame Brima Diouf and Torino’s M’Baye Niang,
who scored against Poland, will also pose a forward threat.
They will be hoping for good service from experienced
England-based midfielders Alfred N’Diaye and Idrissa Gueye.
Will James Rodriguez start for Colombia?:
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has indicated that his team’s
most influential player has overcome a calf problem and will be
fit to start against Poland in Kazan.
Rodriguez was introduced as a 60th minute substitute in
Colombia’s opener against Japan, but was unable to help the
Cafeteros avoid a 2-1 defeat in Saransk.
The Bayern Munich star could be used alongside River Plate
playmaker Juan Quintero in a more attacking lineup to the one
that faced Japan.