England permutations and path to Moscow if they beat Colombia today
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 03, 2018,
Jul 03, 2018, 23:53
The subject of fan debate for England has been whether coach Gareth Southgate did the right thing by taking it easy against Belgium, because it put England in what looks to be the better half of the knockout draw.
"We still have one-and-a-half days to see how he feels, and as always we hope that he will be able to play in the following games". However, this young side has nothing to fear and will be looking to relay the ghosts of England teams past.
"If we don't get to the last four I'd be shocked. If we think that this is a great opportunity, we have a massive chance". That gives the team the momentum England lacks, Pekerman said. "We're facing Japan, we've got to be ready for it", he said. He will also be aware of Harry Kane, his strengths and perhaps, his weaknesses and ways to keep him quiet.
We are together, more experienced and a stronger squad of players than we were in Brazil.
Dele Alli - who missed out against both Panama and Belgium respectively due to a minor thigh strain - leads the notable returns to the first-team as England aim to progress into the quarterfinals.
A fiery opening 45 minutes in Moscow saw several clashes between the players, but one of the more significant encounters came when Colombia's fitness coach Eduardo Julio Urtasun clashed with Sterling.
It is now goalless, with England dominating the majority of the game yet failing to create any real openings. We sit there and say we want to win every game.
Colombia's leading player, James Rodriguez, remains an injury doubt for Tuesday's fixture, and the 32-year-old Sanchez said: "If there is not James there is another one who can make a difference". They are expected to revert to the side that started against Tunisia in their first game. 12 in the FIFA World Rankings, while Colombia is No. 16.
In case James is not fit enough to start, we should see Luis Muriel earn a start in attack.
Southgate was an unused substitute for that game, which England won 2-0 with goals from Darren Anderton and David Beckham before going out to Argentina in the next round.
Sweden are counting on their collective spirit to carry them through after playing their part in sending defending champions Germany home early by topping Group F with victories over South Korea and Mexico.
Wilmar Barrios thus, could be Mateus Uribe's new partner at the base of the 4-2-3-1 for Colombia.