England break penalty shootout curse

"It is 10 years since we have won a knockout fixture", England Coach Gareth Southgate said on Monday, according to Sky Sports "For this team, this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them". "So we still have one and a half days to see how he feels".

Of course the result meant the Three Lions finished second and went into the bottom half of the draw, which was adjudged to be the easier side of things with the likes of France and Brazil out of the way ahead of the final.

Danny Rose fired across the face of goal on 112 minutes but a stranded Ospina watched the ball roll wide of the post and out of play. Generally that's a sign of a team getting into great positions for risky opportunities.

Colombian defender Carlos Sanchez tangled with Kane from a corner and American referee Mark Geiger pointed to the spot.

If they can win a penalty shootout, surely anything is now possible?

"We have to be ready for whoever plays", England midfielder Dele Alli said Saturday.

Despite coming under small criticism for his performance against Belgium, Jordan Pickford unsurprisingly keeps his place in goal with the Three Lions hoping to keep a clean sheet for the first time at this year's World Cup competition. He said: "It's going to paralyse the country - even people who don't like football get involved, and the team unites us". Our players play in the best clubs, the best leagues, and are used to playing in matches of this size, so nothing will frighten us.

"We are very self-confident and that will compensate for the fact that they are more rested. It's such an honour to play for Colombia".

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.

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. "After the MRI scan it was clear there was no serious injury", Pekerman told reporters on Tuesday (AEST).

England had a nervy start to the World Cup, with Tunisia giving them a run for their money.

Can Colombia pass the England challenge? Woodward takes issue with the selection policy of Southgate - although his Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez also made sweeping changes - but is more staggered by another facet of the thinking behind the policy.

If Rodriguez can not play, Pekerman said forward Luis Muriel will step in as he did against Senegal.

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It was a stunning end to normal time that left England ragged and reeling.

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