Published: Ср, Июля 04, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Colombia vs England, 3 July 2018

Colombia vs England, 3 July 2018

But Gareth Southgate will hope his side, which will be drastically changed from that Belgium defeat, can fire their way through to the quarter-finals with a win against the risky South Americans.

Following a last-gasp win over Tunisia and a convincing rout of Panama, England's momentum was halted by a 1-0 loss to Belgium in their last outing.

Despite Gareth Southgate's side facing Colombia in a FIFA World Cup last 16 match at 19.00 BST on Tuesday, any football supporters who have travelled to Wimbledon and are keen to watch England will have to leave the grounds or huddle around mobile phones.

For Colombia, doubts still persist over whether star man James Rodriguez will be fit to start for the South Americans in Moscow.

Colombia's Football Federation confirmed on Saturday that "James Rodriguez underwent a scan today which showed that he is suffering from minor edema, but that there has been no muscle tear".

- Since 1939, no English player has been able to score a goal in six consecutive games for England. "(Rodriguez) holds a threat and we're aware of that, but they've got a great squad". Colombia has scored five goals in the tournament, with Yerry Mina getting two, and Falcao, Quintero and Cuadrado each with a single goal. Colombia enters this must-win match at +300 (wager $100 to win $300), while a draw is +215.

Best World Cup finish: Quarterfinals, 2014. The team are looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to making history.

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A surprise World Cup triumph could boost tourism in towns like Palomino, with worldwide visits to Colombia soaring over the past decade.

Standing in Kane's way is his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Davinson Sanchez, likely to start at center-back for Colombia. The reason was not hard to understand: "Belgium played far more creative, imaginative and positive soccer".

Harry Kane and co. will return to the starting XI after being rested for the defeat to Belgium.

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Southgate, who himself missed the deciding penalty in the 1996 European Championship semifinals, has embraced psychology as a key part of England's preparation. 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.

"We have been practising and going through strategies since March", he said. "If I'm on the pitch, I want to take one. A World Cup semi-final chance by beating Colombia and Sweden or Switzerland... those [England] players will be more positive than ever I think now". Pickford's flying save was exceptional but it was Mina against Maguire at the resultant corner: Colombia's tallest player against England's.

- Till date, England have never lost a game against Colombia.

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