England fans wasted so much beer celebrating Harry Kane's goal vs. Colombia

England fans wasted so much beer celebrating Harry Kane's goal vs. Colombia

Lingard is seen as one of the key players keeping the atmosphere in the squad light and he said that the mood among the players has been flawless. That shouldn't change now we are in the knockout phase.

We are together, more experienced and a stronger squad of players than we were in Brazil. Generally that's a sign of a team getting into great positions for unsafe opportunities.

Southgate's men were rewarded for their persistence minutes after the break when, from a corner, Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Harry Kane in the box.

England's penalty record is "horrendous", says the BBC, but coach Southgate has made sure his players have been working on their technique from 12 yards.

"The formation suits us perfectly", said the 25-year-old.

But coach Jose Pekerman faces an anxious wait to see if World Cup talisman James Rodriguez can recover from a mystery injury to face the Three Lions. "We're very self-confident and that will compensate the fact the other team has been able to rest more".

While the English may already be planning their World Cup celebrations, Pekerman and his side will be thinking otherwise and they certainly posses enough quality to book date with either Sweden or Switzerland in the last eight of Russian Federation 2018.

"We had good news after his medical test (two days ago)". Half time was a welcome interruption for England as it became apparent their early composure had deserted them. "We will give everything for our country and take strength from the support".

Kieran Trippier has been hailed for his displays thus far and his crossing ability should come to great use for England against Colombia. But reports that John Stones may be a doubt after picking up a calf injury.

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Because not only are Colombia a unsafe proposition, with James Rodriguez potentially being fit to line up alongside other phenomenal attacking talents such as Juan Quintero, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado, but it would be so very English to start running before we can walk.

Southgate told reporters: "It's pointless us even thinking about what might happen after this game".

After victories over Tunisia and Panama booked England's place in the group stage, a mainly second-string side lost to an also weakened Belgium in the final group match.

"Harry Kane is an emblematic player who has demonstrated his quality at this World Cup but we are not only facing him, we're playing against the whole England team, who have a lot of key players", said Sanchez, who knows English football well, having spent two seasons with Aston Villa from 2014 to 2016. If England advances, it will be big favorites over Sweden side that didn't expect to make the quarterfinals.

Watch a preview of the Colombia vs. England Round of 16 clash in the video below, courtesy of ESPN FC.

- Colombians have never failed to find a net in their last eight games at the World Cup.

Luis Muriel, who had replaced James against Senegal, was an option once more should the attacking midfielder be ruled out.

Jordan Henderson is in midfield rather than Eric Dier with Ashley Young at left wing-back ahead of Danny Rose.

Both Colombia and England are a threat from dead-ball situations.