Colombia's James still doubtful for England game

England finished second in Group G after losing to Belgium

England finished second in Group G after losing to Belgium

"I feel like we've created excitement like we've played in a style that has really shown an expression of what young English players are capable of, and I want us to continue doing that". "Our players have been incredibly loyal to that, and that's why we are here today".

But as England prepare to play Colombia in the round of 16, Colombians are laughing off the "tactical genius" label of Southgate and explain how relieved they are to be facing England, who they consider to be an "easier opposition" than Belgium.

"It is true that I didn't shine as I wanted to in England but that's part of the past". We have great athletes, especially James Rodriguez.

'I think both managers did well.

"For some of them, this will be one of the biggest games they'll have been involved in - but maybe not the biggest".

Who wins England-Colombia? And where does all the value lie?

England won their opening two games of the competition, defeating Tunisia and Panama before going down narrowly to Belgium in their final group game.

Despite a growing sense of optimism over England's chances in Russian Federation, manager Southgate is warning his team against thinking too far ahead. His total is one better than Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku (who's also played in just two matches) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (whose World Cup run is now over).

South American commentators are known for screaming "goal" for a long time whenever a side scores. They seem to go out without any fears at all, and that is good.

'Sweden are not playing the best football in the world, but to score against them is very hard'. W Radio spoke to around 20 Colombians (including pundits) and the large majority said they had a better chance of winning playing against England, than Belgium.

"Ten months ago we qualified for the World Cup by beating Slovenia and people were throwing paper aeroplanes on to the pitch at Wembley". The team hasn't made the World Cup quarter-finals since 1954. "I can't speak highly enough of his character around the group", he said. If James can play, Colombia could be the favorite to win. "We are quite stable even when things turn hard", said the 68-year-old. "I'd like Colombia to do well but at the same time it's England all the way".

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