He knows we have to make one.
An interesting theory has since come about courtesy of former England striker Alan Shearer, who has suggested that it's entirely possible that this whole situation has been manufactured by Southgate to keep the conversation away from the football itself.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is optimistic about England's chances of success at the World Cup and is adamant they have plenty of leaders in their squad. "More than anything I think for the guys who aren't in the team tomorrow [Sunday] or who haven't been in the team for either game", said Southgate.
- Panama will be the 38th different nation England have faced at a World Cup - of the previous 37, they have only lost their first meeting against five; United States of America and Spain in 1950, Uruguay in 1954, Hungary in 1962 and Italy in 1990.
Henderson said: "I like VAR when it goes our way, so hopefully I'll like it against Panama".
Gomez contradicted Southgate though, claiming that knowing England's team beforehand did not give him "any advantage". I always talk to the players about what we can control - our preparation, how we want to attack the game. That was a good decision.
Gareth Southgate has moved to quash the controversy over England's "leaked" training notes, likening the team's relationship with the media to a strained family holiday.
Captain Harry Kane will relish the opportunity to test Panama's brittle defence and could well add to his tournament tally after a double against Tunisia.
However, his Panama counterpart Hernan Dario Gomez believes England lack the individual brilliance of group leaders Belgium, who became the first country to secure qualification from Group G by winning both games.
Panama held their own for a half in their opener against Belgium but were eventually undone by the Red Devils and lost 3-0 after goals from Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku (2) after the break.
"Tunisia liked to play the ball out from the back and they was very patient, and we pressed them high, but they got out sometimes".
Richard Nicholson, of Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said he was optimistic as the mini-stunt has already predicted a Three Lions win against Tunisia. "It doesn't matter who plays".