Indeed, in a remarkable act by an England boss during a World Cup campaign, Southgate even apologised for the abuse some journalists have been subjected to on social media for divulging the names on Holland's piece of paper captured by long lens cameras.
Whether by accident or design, England got the message out.
"The team came out three days before the first game and I didn't say anything because it's something we can't control", he said.
"We've seen a few clips and we know they're a physical side", he said.
Panama didn't offer too much attacking threat against Belgium but will be in need of a result this time.
Panama can time their tackles, as Michael Murillo showed late on with a vital challenge on Eden Hazard. "There is only one ball on the pitch and we're going to fight for it". Hazard suffered a buffeting in Sochi. England should be able to press their ascendancy if the Belgium game is anything to go by.
"They're fighting for their lives to stay in this competition and if we get the victory we want, they're out".
"If they are continuously fouling us, we can't react in a bad way".
Sweden defeat South Korea 1-0
The 22 year-old managed two goals and two assists in their run to the semi-finals before being removed by Olympique de Marseille. Andreas Granqvist (left) celebrates with teammate Albin Ekdal after scoring from the penalty spot against South Korea .
The night may have ended in 95th minute disappointment for Janne Andersson's side but his gutsy team surely carried not only a nation with them during a pulsating match against the world champions but an army of fans across the world who appreciate the artisan work of an underdog.
After sustaining a hamstring injury half an hour into their 2-0 win over Leicester City on November 18 a year ago, Stones found it hard to supplant Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of the Citizens defence, and competition was increased in January following the acquisition of the highly sought-after Aymeric Laporte.
Panama are expected to start with a lone striker in Blas Perez and flood the middle of the park, which means England have more incentive to commit defenders forward. "If you have a player like that in the team, you always have a chance".
England were completing their final preparations at the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium before flying to Nizhny Novgorod.
Belgium found it tough indeed to break through Panama until Dries Mertens produced a bit of magic, so including Rashford from the start makes flawless sense for England.
With Belgium, including Kevin De Bruyne, beating Tunisia 5-2 in their second group game yesterday, another England win would set up a fascinating opening stage finale next week between Southgate's men and the Red Devils with the prize at stake being confirmed as group winners.
"It doesn't matter who plays; the replacement will be just as good anyway".
"He gets himself in great positions".