England overcome penalty shootout hoodoo to beat Colombia

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England players celebrate the penalty save by Jordan Pickford from Carlos Bacca of Colombia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

England advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Colombia on a dramatic evening in Moscow on Tuesday.

Since that day in Stuttgart, 16 different countries have won World Cup knockout matches and England have won none.

Kane put away the penalty with class in the 57th minute. "England have hardly covered themselves in glory in tournaments over the last two decades yet they were wasting time and energy and getting distracted thinking about possible quarter-finals and semi-finals". We have to concentrate one game at a time. "But the World Cup is very important - it unites people from all parts of Colombia, as well as our global hostel guests".

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.

"We are going to have to play the big teams sooner or later and if you want to be the best team in the world, you have got to beat the big teams".

How fucking dare they try and stop football coming home.

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

James Rodriguez "does not have a serious injury", and that is good news for Colombia.

It is the furthest England has progressed in any tournament since the David Beckham era when a golden generation of players underperformed on the worldwide stage, exiting the 2002 and 2006 World Cups in the last eight. "They were unlucky", reflected Robson when speaking to Lineker for a TV documentary some years later, and even in the round before they had been thoroughly outplayed by Belgium only to snatch a 119th-minute victor through David Platt.

Tite's Brazil eased to a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday and are still the favourites to win the World Cup with the bookies. But from the moment they tugged and grappled England players at the first corner, it was clear that Colombia only had one approach.

Stones was pictured on the England bench with heavy strapping and ice around his left calf during the second half of the game against Belgium on Thursday.

Southgate has his own personal connection with penalty shootouts, having missed a decisive one against Germany at Wembley which sent England crashing out of Euro 1996. "We know the quality of his finishing, so he's a player that we know all about and we wouldn't judge him on the period he had in the Premier League, that's for sure".

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