Southgate: 'Our media has to decide if they want to help the team or not'

These days, with all the digital devices and hosting platforms that are available, there isn't a good reason to be carrying around pieces of paper, especially if they carry some kind of secrets.

The England national team learned the hard way as assistant coach Steve Holland was seen holding training notes at practice at the English trainin center in Repino.

Those notes dropped hints about changes in the England team for Sunday's match against Panama -- Marcus Rashford for Raheem Sterling? And Ruben Loftus-Cheek for injured Dele Alli.

Whoever England lines up and whatever Panama knows ahead of time should not make a lot of difference; England will be heavily favored.

But that Holland exposed the notes for the press to view -- and press went ahead and reported them -- created a big distraction in the England camp.

Holland apologized, and his boss, England coach Gareth Southgate, said the incident "doesn't bother me in the slightest."

But Southgate took a dig at the press for turning against England.

"Obviously, any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team," he said, "it's a disadvantage to us. So, of course, our media has to decide if they want to help the team or not."
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