England fans will love what the Panama boss said after World Cup beating

first_imgEnglands’s ruthless display against Panama ‘frightened’ the World Cup minnows, according to their head coach.Hernan Dario Gomez admitted he feared his side could be on the end on one of the biggest drubbing’s in World Cup history. After being awarded two penalties in the first half, much of the focus was on the robust nature of the Panamanians – with several Twitter users likening them to a rugby side.And the start of the second half saw the Panama boss march over to Southgate to have a stern chat.But Gomez insisted he was merely trying to assure the England boss over his side’s vigorous nature.“I congratulated him,” Gomez said with a smile. “I told him that I really like his team, England, and I said, ‘Look, we’re going to play cool and calm now’.“I tried during half-time to tell my players to be more composed, to play football in an orderly fashion.“I’ve had to play against two spectacular opponents, Belgium and England, but this is absolutely fantastic because that is how you learn, draw conclusions and can tell where your team is.“I think England are totally spectacular – a beautiful team.” Gomez and Southgate embrace before the start of the second half A brace from John Stones, a Jesse Lingard wondergoal and a Harry Kane hat-trick ensured the Three Lions ran out comfortable 6-1 winners.And at half-time, the score was 5-0 and Panama boss Gomez was fearful of further misery inflicted by a team he declared “totally spectacular”.“The difference of goals could have been more,” Gomez said.“To concede five goals in the first half – two penalties, two set-pieces, where England were very, very effective – well, what we did was try to avoid a bigger catastrophe. 3 The Panama players pray at the end of the game center_img England, and Harry Kane in particular, were ruthless in front of goal 3 “We managed to keep the ball in the second half a little bit more and we kept playing in an orderly fashion because had we not done that it wouldn’t have been six goals but far more.“We were feeling rather frightened at half-time because of the huge difference between us and England, and also Belgium.“We have learned a lot at this World Cup so far. We’ve drawn a lot of conclusions but Panama are a small, young child in football, other teams don’t really decipher our style of play.“There were three or four goalscoring opportunities where we could have scored, but we didn’t finish properly, and England came to our box seven times and scored six.” 3last_img