Southgate's gamble piles pressure for Colombia clash

Social media found it hilarious that Germany crashed out of the World Cup

Social media found it hilarious that Germany crashed out of the World Cup

The Three Lions will head to Moscow to take on Colombia next Tuesday in a last-16 World Cup clash that offers England the chance to win a first knockout match since 2006.

Adnan Januzaj's exquisite effort secured Roberto Martinez's men a 1-0 win on Thursday which enabled them to top the pool, with Southgate focused on protecting key men and keeping squad players happy rather than chasing the point that would have meant England won the group.

Asked why England have struggled after the group stage, Southgate said: "Many different reasons, but you are playing against the best players in the world".

"We came here with a big squad and everyone is fighting for their place". The organization has surprised everyone, I think it's given an incredible image of the Russian people, of Russia in general.

"During my time with England we met [Sweden] four times". I went to two of their games in Brazil - they were incredible occasions.

"Well I think Marouane is a player that often is criticised by a lot of fans, but I think he's a very useful player".

There has been a penalty shootout at every World Cup since 1982 in Spain, and while it is still a matter of contention whether this is the best way to decide a victor, the post-match shootout is now common at all levels of the game. "We can see our level and the level of the best and we want to keep improving". But when you're a leader and a manager, you have to make decisions which are right for your group to achieve the primary objective.

"It's important that we react positively to the defeat".

Colombia go into the knockout stage having also scored five goals in their three group games and will have the support of tens of thousands of fans.

Of course, winning games at a major tournament always helps, and is not something we've been all that familiar with in recent times - Tunisia was our first World Cup win since Slovenia in 2010 - but there's something else. In global football, that's just nearly a desperate call to see a loose team with no understanding of what we're trying to do.

None of the big guns like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling were summoned from the bench with Gareth Southgate's team chasing the game.

Gareth Southgate has spent two decades thinking about missing the decisive penalty against Germany in the semi-final of Euro 96.

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