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The head of North American soccer says the region's teams need until 2026 at a home World Cup to reach their full potential.
Proud Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez reacted angrily to a suggestion his World Cup debutants were the "worst team" in Russia.
Tunisia secured third place in Group G with a 2-1 victory over Panama in both sides' final World Cup game on Thursday.
England and Belgium face off in Group G for top spot, with the other two teams already out.
Panama and Tunisia have been the fall-guys in the two top-scoring matches of World Cup 2018, but both teams will hope to show they have learnt some
"You'd have to be hit over the head with a sledgehammer for them to call a penalty kick in CONCACAF," former U.S. coach Bruce Arena said.
Panama's thrashing by England was not a great look for CONCACAF. Moreover, for U.S. fans, it served to rub salt in a still gaping wound.
"They were so precise, so accurate. England are so practical, it's a beautiful team," said Gomez, quick to admit the gulf in class between the two.
You can only beat what is in front of you, so Gareth Southgate's crew maintained their discipline and simply focused on executing.
Harry Kane had a hat trick and John Stones scored twice as England scored five goals in the first half to defeat Panama 6-1.
Harry Kane stole the spotlight as a whole host of records tumbled following England's 6-1 thrashing of Panama. ESPN brings you the best numbers.
England thrashed Panama to cruise through to the knockout rounds. Now it's over to Group H and Senegal vs. Japan.
England need to be more clinical if they are to take care of Panama in their second game in Group G.
Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez believes England will not pose as big a threat as the Belgium side that defeated the CONCACAF side 3-0.
Despite losing their World Cup debut 3-0 to star-studded Belgium, Panama not only made its people proud but gave them a moment to cherish forever.
Dries Mertens said it was a "big relief" to score his fine volley that put Belgium on their way to a 3-0 win over Panama to open the World Cup.
It took Belgium some time to finally break Panama down, but Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all contributed to a comfy 3-0 win.
Belgium laboured for large periods but still ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Panama in Sochi.
Can Sweden cope without Zlatan Ibrahimovic? All eyes are on England vs. Tunisia, but Belgium are the nation with genuine World Cup ambitions.
Belgium see far beyond Monday's World Cup opener against debutants Panama but need a solid win to settle nerves and rack up goal difference.
Panama know that if Mexico, their group-mates in the North American qualifying zone, can pull off an upset, they too stand a chance against Belgium.
Any points earned in the group can be thought a plus, since it'll be near impossible to advance against the likes of Belgium, England and Tunisia.
In 2014, Panama's World Cup hopes were cruelly dashed. Four years later, after their luck changed, the minnows' wishes are set to come true.
With Iceland and Panama set to make their World Cup debuts in 2018, here's a quiz on famous firsts in World Cup history.