England eliminates Colombia on penalty kicks

Gareth Southgate shouts instructions

Gareth Southgate shouts instructions

World Cup attendance by England fans remains low however, with just 2,225 in the stadium. They'd have to wait six years for their next taste of misery.

The World Cup match between Colombia and England will be broadcast live on Fox.

But Pickford, England's youngest-ever tournament goalkeeper, and Dier came to the fore to propel their country into the last eight of Russian Federation 2018.

Kieran Trippier has been one of the stars of the World Cup and his performance against Colombia was another terrific one.

Jose Pekerman would have been hoping that the 26 year old could repeat the trick four years later in Russian Federation but instead he had to start the loss against Japan without his talisman and against England Rodriguez didn't even make the bench.

The city centre erupted and the streets were filled with chants of "England" and "Football's Coming Home".

The English players to have missed penalties are not really part of any exclusive club. It is the furthest England has progressed in any tournament since the David Beckham era, when a golden generation of players exited the 2002 and 2006 World Cups in the last eight.

The result means that Colombia must wait at least another four years for their first appearance in the World Cup quarter finals, while England will now head to Samara full of confidence after shaking off their penalty shootout hoodoo.

It's tense, tight, but in my mind a Colombian equaliser is inevitable, even if Jordan Pickford has remained untroubled in England's goal. I have been here before.

Yerry Mina's towering header in stoppage time confirms the lingering fear.

England substitute Dier missed the best chance of the extra period when he headed over the bar but he made up for it in emphatic fashion with the winning penalty in the shootout.

"He brought the ball out and always enabled England to keep possession and go again".

"We had total belief in what we were doing, right through to the end".

A required medical was needed for my visa last week and I had to make sure it avoided clashing with England. Colombia are usually a team that plays with a smile on its face, but too often in this game it was a nasty scowl.

Sweden next on Sunday morning in the quarterfinals. He scared his flatmates and his partner today.

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