All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England

All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England

All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England

Colombia's national soccer team will on Tuesday lock horns with England seeking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup in a game that could define this generation of players.

Then, in the 93rd minute, with a header that electrified the crowd, Colombia's Mina hit it into the English goal from a penalty, and ushered in extra time.

England captain Harry Kane had given his side a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute with a well-taken penalty.

The win sees England move on to the quarters where it will face Sweden, while Colombia goes home.

The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is heating up nicely.

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.

"I think sometimes if you take a bit away from that it might hurt us, but I'd say let them play and let them continue to go on".

England is advancing in Russian Federation after defending champion Germany was eliminated early and Argentina, Portugal and Spain went home in the round of 16.

Beating Colombia would set up a quarterfinal against either Sweden or Switzerland, potentially offering England a simple route to a first semifinal appearance since 1990.


Davinson Sanchez has played day-in, day-out against all of the players likely to be in the England starting eleven.

The team - and their long-suffering fans - will be hoping that there's no need for penalties tonight but if they do, Southgate could go all Louis van Gaal on us.

Talking about Pope's ability, an England insider told the newspaper, "He has looked good in training".

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.

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.

Electioneering has given way to football frenzy across the South American country, with Colombia facing England in the last 16 of the World Cup tomorrow.

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.

The 25-year-old midfielder is expected to start against Colombia after making a positive contribution to the group stage, following a great 2017-18 season at Man United in which he became an established first-team player under Jose Mourinho.

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