Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

England beats Colombia in shootout, advances to World Cup quarter-finals

England beats Colombia in shootout, advances to World Cup quarter-finals

England face Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday, aiming to win a knockout game at a major tournament for the first time since 2006.

England's extra rest - head coach Gareth Southgate rotated his lineup in his team's final group-stage game - is another factor in its favor.

Lingard, whose long-range goal in England's 6-1 win over Panama has been one of the highlights of the team's performances, says he is enjoying his role as part of a trio operating behind striker and captain Harry Kane. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted". And he became the fifth defender to score three or more goals in a World Cup since Germany's Franz Beckenbauer scored four in the 1966 edition.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia with Tuesday's win appearing to vindicate - just - coach Gareth Southgate's decision to field a second-string side in the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route.

Fans from Reading, Morcambe and Stockport hung St George's flags on the wall and recited the full back catalogue of fan anthems, from Vindaloo to Three Lions and World In Motion. "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".

The South Americans were without James Rodriguez due to injury and could have had Wilmar Barrios sent off in the first half when he appeared to aim a headbutt into Henderson's chest and chin.

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And asked whether England can start dreaming of glory if they beat Colombia, Rooney said: "I think we should be dreaming now".

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

Amid frayed tempers and the heat of the occasion, Kane kept a cool head, directing his penalty high and into the centre of the net with Arsenal's goalkeeper David Ospina diving to the right. In their last eight knockout games at World Cup, they have managed to win only two.

"If you think back to 1990 where we had Cameroon and Belgium to get to a World Cup semi-final, we've now got an opportunity to play Colombia and Sweden or Switzerland to get to a World Cup semi-final", he continued.

Personnel and tactical changes have been introduced by Southgate, and Rooney believes the signs are promising as England prepare to tackle Colombia in the second round on Tuesday.

England won a number of corner kicks early in the first half but failed to find the same joy they experienced against the Tunisians as Colombia defended resolutely to deny the taller Three Lions.

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