Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Colombia star James still a chance for England clash

Colombia star James still a chance for England clash

England finally shook off their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalized in the 93rd minute. England fans were few and far between, lost in a sea of Colombian yellow, a few of their supporters wearing blonde afro wigs in honour of the country's footballing hero Carlos Valderrama. Just watch their fantastic (and terribly wasteful) reaction to Harry Kane's go-ahead goal from the penalty spot...

The last knockout game an England side won was against Ecuador in 2006, and even that was an unconvincing 1-0 victory over a team most people had been delighting in the prospect of the Three Lions hammering.

"We have been practising and going through strategies since March", he said.

Eric Dier proved the doubters wrong by sticking away his penalty kick to send England through to the World Cup quarter-finals.

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Ramos also backed coach Fernando Hierro , who is not expected to continue as coach ahead of the UEFA Nations League. Among the candidates rumored for the position was former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

The round of 16 match against Colombia was tied 1-1 after regulation.

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Spain were regarded as the toughest possible opponent in England's half of the draw, but they were knocked out by hosts Russian Federation on Monday.

England were the better side without looking too unsafe but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.

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A huge rescue operation involving the Thai Navy and Air Force finally managed to find the group deep within the cave system. The boys, who range in age from 11 to 16 years old and are part of the same soccer team, have been missing for nine days.

"Davinson's a great player, a great guy as well", Alli said.

We are together, more experienced and a stronger squad of players than we were in Brazil. "It's hard not to support him but, as players, there are no friendships on the pitch".

For Kane, this is another chance to build his reputation as among the world's very best players and the Three Lions captain will know he can be just as decisive as Rodriguez, whose impact is set to be made by his surprise, confidence boosting inclusion - or by his absence. "It's such an honor to play for Colombia".

England's players fumed and Harry Maguire called for the video assistant referee, yet referee Geiger inexplicably only handed out a booking when information came through his headset. It should be a close game, with England having the advantage. Lest we forget it is but two years since everybody seemed to have England paired up with France in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals already without even considering what a mess they could make of Iceland at this exact same stage.

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After beating Switzerland , Sweden will play against either England or Colombia in the semifinals. Switzerland didn't have a chance to get to the other end after the resulting free kick was saved.

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

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