England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra

England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra

England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra

But before we anoint England as champions, or even quarter-finalists for that matter, a look at its performance following the group stages serves as a reminder of the lack of quality opponents they've faced to this point.

"We still have a day and a half until the game to see how he feels and we hope that he will be fit to play for the games that we have to play here", Pekerman said.

England could well reach the World Cup final this year. The team are looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to making history.

As the two teams get ready to battle each other for a spot in the Quarter-Final, we run the rule over the two squads.

Ecstasy for England after their historic shootout triumph.

"We've become like family", he said.

Colombia were dealt a major blow before kickoff with James Rodriguez, one of the stars of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, ruled out with a calf injury he suffered in their final group game against Senegal.

That came 22 years ago, against Spain at Euro 96, but it has been otherwise been a tale of woe, with manager Gareth Southgate famously missing the crucial kick in a defeat against Germany later in the same tournament.

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"But we have played tough matches that have made us stronger, more confident and with more belief in ourselves. We should now be the most positive we have ever been", Gary Neville told ITV following England's loss to Belgium last Thursday. England are a good team but we did not mind who it was we would face. We knew what we had to do and we stayed calm. "We will give everything for our country and take strength from the support".

Secondly, why are all the Colombian players arguing for a VAR viewing, as though the ref would just change his mind after seeing a slow motion replay of the above?

Dele Alli is also back in the team after missing the past two games following a thigh strain he picked up in the opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia.

When Juan Cuadrado blazed horribly over the bar with the goal gaping 10 minutes from time with Colombia's first chance of the match it looked all over for them but there was a fiery sting in the tail of normal time.

England definitely has the offensive edge in this game, but Colombia can neutralize it if they can shut down Kane. "Prediction: Colombia 0 England 2".

Lee Stobbs, GQ: "A lively start from both teams will fizzle out and be replaced with a cautionary approach, which will take the teams all the way to extra time, where England's freshness will prevail and help avoid a penalty shoot-out".

The Swedes deserved their 1-0 win over Switzerland, not least because they defended so well and because they created more scoring chances during the game.

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