How to watch England vs Panama in the World Cup on Sunday

England fans celebrate following their football team's victory against Tunisia - Getty Images Europe
England fans celebrate following their football team's victory against Tunisia - Getty Images Europe

What is it?

It is England's second group stage game as they look to follow up their opening victory over Tunisia with all three points against minnows Panama. 

When is it?

The England vs Panama match is the first of the day on Sunday, June 24 and will kick-off at 1pm UK time. 

What TV channel is it on?

Live coverage begins at 12.15pm on BBC One, and as ever the broadcast will be anchored by former England striker and 1986 World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker. 

Lineker was joined by Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand for the Beeb's coverage of the dramatic late win over Tunisia on Monday night. 

"I fully expect us to beat Panama and that would give us great confidence going into that last game (against Belgium)," said Lampard.

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BBC Sport's World Cup coverage from Red Square in Moscow Credit: BBC

"I think we're trying to keep expectations down but let's be happy, let's look at what we've got.

"This is a young team and once they get through the group, which I believe they will, then they've got every chance."

How can I live stream the match?

If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole England vs Panama match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet.

All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. 

People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom.

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Will there be a highlights show?

Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as BBC One will be showing extended highlights of the match at 11:20pm on Sunday evening. 

Highlights of Poland vs Colombia and Japan vs Senegal from Group H will also be shown. 

What have TV ratings been like? 

There was a peak television audience of 18.3 million for Tunisia vs England, better than May's Royal Wedding, plus more than three million requests to watch online via BBC iPlayer. 

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What should England expect from Panama? 

Panama put numbers behind the ball and defended resolutely against Belgium before eventually being undone by moments of individual brilliance. The underdogs, playing in their first World Cup finals, are not equipped to do anything else so expect England to dominate possession and probe patiently for openings. 

Panama's squad is one of the oldest competition and they looked vulnerable whenever Belgium were able to counter-attack at speed. It should be a straightforward task for England, and the pattern of the game will be decided by the time of the first goal. 

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