Jordan Pickford: England 'knew we had this game' even on penalties

Until they equalised in the 93rd minute, Colombia's main tactic for this game appeared to focus upon turning it into a negative, cynical battle for a place in the quarterfinals.

The Bayern Munich star limped out of Colombia's final group match against Senegal, and is replaced in Moscow by Jefferson Lerma in one of two changes made by coach Jose Pekerman. The last time when Colombia and England encountered, the latter won the match 2-0.

However, he hasn't looked match fit at this tournament, so it's not clear if he'll feature against England or not.

It was then that they needed Pickford as much as anyone to excel.

England (3-5-2): 1 Jordan Pickford (Everton); 2 Kyle Walker (Manchester City), 5 John Stones (Manchester City), 6 Harry Maguire (Leicester City); 12 Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), 7 Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), 8 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), 20 Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), 18 Ashley Young (Manchester United); 9 Harry Kane (capt; Tottenham Hotspur), 10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Fans have accused the Colombians of attempted "sabotage" over a controversial incident in the penalty box after England were awarded a second half spot-kick.

When Dier scored, Southgate screamed towards the night sky before taking Steve Holland in an almighty man hug.

England took its foot off the accelerator after an initial two games that couldn't have gone better, resting Kane and seven other regulars in a group match against Belgium that only mattered for either side because it determined who they'd play next.

This was more daunting than most.

Panama were demolished by a clinical England side before Gareth Southgate chose to rest majority of the starters for the match against Belgium.

"The manager has come in with great ideas and a great idea of how he wants us to play".

"Fantastic. I think we deserved it, as well", Southgate said after the game.

Davinson Sanchez has played day-in, day-out against all of the players likely to be in the England starting eleven. How delighted they must have been to have made it in the end.

England advance to face Sweden in the quarterfinals on Sunday (NZ time).

Harry Kane fired England ahead with his tournament-leading sixth goal just before the hour in Moscow, converting a penalty after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner.

Yerry Mina has been the better of the performers so far in Russian Federation. Had Colombia played the expansive passing game that proved too much for Poland during the group stages, they would surely have made life more hard for England, who have always found it tough against opponents who can dominate possession. In fact when Mina climbed in Sterling's back in a bid to halt his progress they actually resembled a jockey carrying his horse. Even if this isn't the year-and it still might be-the future is very bright for England.


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