Excellent video shows the importance of John Stones vs Colombia

"Everyone gets anxious when a game goes to penalties, and with the record England have in competitions, it's huge in England that they've managed to win the shootout here.it's great for confidence because of England's history", he said.

It may go unnoticed during matches but it represents his importance to the Three Lions during their World Cup campaign.

Meanwhile, Belgium head into their clash with Brazil on a high, following their dramatic stoppage-time win against Japan.

Deschamps said he will prepare his team bearing in mind that injured forward Edinson Cavani could start. "It's come across a bit wrong but the best thing for us was to beat them at football". "He's a very important player for us and has been working very hard to recover".

The deathblow for Uruguay came in the 61st minute, when an Antoine Griezmann free-kick appeared to fool keeper Fernando Muslera, who couldn't handle the shot - gifting France their second goal.

"We need to get the defence right, we need to be courageous when we have possession". I've never seen a game like this before and how they behaved.

Griezmann is a Frenchman who plays professionally in Spain, but he has a special fondness for Uruguay.

Speaking to the press today, ahead of Saturday's quarter final against Sweden, Stones told reporters: "It was a odd game".

When asked if he was concerned that Olivier Giroud had still not scored at Russian Federation 2018, Deschamps replied "yet", suggesting the Chelsea striker's position in the starting line-up is safe.

"If you want to achieve something, you have to fight for it every time", said Lukaku, who has impressed at the World Cup with four goals and is second in the Golden Boot race, behind England's Harry Kane with six. "Nothing is over for us today".

Uruguay will have to decide whether to retain Tabarez, whose contract is set to expire, but the 71-year-old said it would be his decision on whether he returns.

"Football can bring connection through a country and I'm delighted we are exciting people, bringing enjoyment and we want to keep it going", added Southgate, who himself has risen to prominence during the tournament with his calm style earning plaudits.

  • Salvatore Jensen