A Panama supporter holds up a banner prior to the start of the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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For an England team that came to the World Cup with reduced expectations, things are setting up nicely.The younger, friendlier squad -- a minor dust-up with the media notwithstanding -- began with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on a late header by Harry Kane, who also scored the team's first goal. The Three Lions were eliminated in the group stage in Brazil four years ago and haven't reached the World Cup semifinals since 1990 .Southgate turned the page on England's "golden generation" in a bid to revitalize the squad. Nine players made their World Cup debuts against Tunisia, and over half the team is 25 or younger.The teams enter Saturday's match in Yekaterinburg coming off surprising 2-1 wins -- Japan over Colombia and Senegal over Poland.Japan became the first Asian team to beat a team from South America in the World Cup, and Senegal is one of two African teams with victories so far in the tournament. Japan is an experienced team -- the nation has qualified for the past six World Cups -- that could be at full strength against Senegal.
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