England break penalty shootout curse

England will face the winner of Sweden v Switzerland if they beat Colombia

The pervading theme ahead of the final group game against Belgium was of a need to throw the game in order to line up a more favourable route to the final. "So we still have one and a half days to see how he feels".

The news means that it is likely that the 2014 Golden Boot victor will play some part against the "Three Lions", which would be a major boost for the Colombians as they seek to defeat England for the first time in their history.

This relentlessly surprising World Cup has taken a new and compelling turn. "If we think that this is a great opportunity, we have a massive chance".

One of the biggest talking points after England-Colombia will be Mark Geiger, the American referee who is known for injecting his personality into a game in MLS and, for that matter, the World Cup.

England have won a penalty shootout at a major tournament for only the second time, also beating Spain in Euro 96.

"We're a team that doesn't carry any passengers", Southgate said.

The Arsenal keeper told The Guardian: "We are a better team than four years ago".


"When you play against Brazil you have to accept that they are the best team in the competition", said Belgium boss Roberto Martinez. We just know we will give everything for our country and take strength from the support. "It's such an honour to play for Colombia". However, Southgate said his players wouldn't underestimate the Monaco forward.

There had been precious little drama - though much petulance - throughout most of normal time as a Colombia side shorn of injured playmaker James Rodriguez set out to defend. He limped out of Colombia's last game due to a recurring calf injury, which has limited him to just 152 out of 270 minutes during this World Cup.

Marcela Clavija said victory would be extra-special for Colombia to avenge a defeat nearly exactly 20 years ago, even if the match had been long forgotten in England.

Speaking about England's new breed on USA broadcaster Fox, Rooney said: "I think certainly the first two games they were excellent".

Sam Wallace, The Daily Telegraph: "Can Gareth Southgate's team switch back on?" Yerry Mina popped up from a corner in the third minute minute of additional time to head home past Pickford. James Rodriguez was forced off in the 1-0 win over Senegal and could feature on the bench against England.

The match went to penalty kicks after a scoreless extra time, and both teams made their first two before David Ospina saved Jordan Henderson.

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. "Prediction: Colombia 1-2 England AET".

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