Colombia ready for 'full-on, to-the-death' England match

Virginia Santiago
June 30, 2018

And that means England supporters are revelling in the fact their team has gone further in the a World Cup than Germany for the first time since they beat them in the final in 1966.

"I believe it is a game we can win but it is going to be a fantastic challenge for us", he said.

"On the pitch, we were just thinking of having fun", said 21-year-old attacking midfielder Youri Tielemans, who forced England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into an excellent save with a long-range effort in the first half.

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Pele and Garrincha scored to secure a 2-0 win over Bulgaria at Everton's Goodison Park home in their opening game.

England, however, were already qualified for the last 16 of this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation before they kicked off against Belgium, having beaten Tunisia and thrashed Panama.

While we may all be looking forward to England v Belgium tonight it seems it could be more of a case of shadow boxing before the latter stages of the competition if the rumoured England starting team is to be believed.

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"Had we been in their shoes we would also be quite disappointed because one can sometimes think this is not a part of football but it happens and sometimes you finish a World Cup final on penalties, as in Italy vs Brazil [in 1994]". The knockout game is the biggest game for a decade, so we had to make sure our key players were preserved. Marcus Rashford is expected to take Raheem Sterling's place and Dele Alli is available again after training for the past two days.

Had they won their group England would have been on a path to a quarter-final on Friday, July 6 (7pm), on the same evening that Norwich play King's Lynn Town in their first pre-season friendly. "We are in the fortunate position", Southgate said.

Mexico is a great story, and its upset over Germany to open the World Cup was one of the best moments of group play. I don't want to write El Tri off here altogether, but it's hard to imagine Brazil not winning this by at least two goals. Even in the round of 16, you'll find some matches that are much better than others, and I'm here to rank the eight games we get to watch. "But everyone understands - in the dressing room and in the group - what we're trying to do".

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