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Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford makes the huge save on Colombia's final penalty to set up England's win in the round of 16

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford makes the huge save on Colombia's final penalty to set up England's win in the round of 16

Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle in 1990, Gareth Southgate in 96, Paul Ince and David Batty in 1998 - what on earth was Batty ever doing playing for England in the first place?

England were the better side without looking too risky but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.

Jordan Pickford's save from Colombia's Carlos Bacca, following Mateus Uribe's miss, enabled Eric Dier to score the decisive kick for England, which sends them through to a quarterfinal clash with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

He should also be given credit for insisting his players practice penalties, even bringing in a psychologist to help them, after a succession of his predecessors wrote the whole process off as a lottery beyond their control.

"When there are so, so many fouls and interruptions I think that's not good", Pekerman said.

Colombia had 23 fouls and six yellow cards while England had 13 fouls and two yellows. There were lots of penalty incidents with Panama and Tunisia. "What if the player falls because he fakes a fall or is being pushed by an opponent or they are trying to get the referee to book another player?"

"You have to try and stand in the shoes of the players".

He has borne that scar well but admitted after this game that the experience "will never be off my back, it will live with me forever" and one can only imagine how he felt in Spartak Stadium when American referee Mark Geiger blew his whistle at the end of 120 minutes. These interruptions are bad. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper because it's about being there in the moment and making the save and I was.

At every major tournament since, two things have been certain: England head home before the sharp end and lose penalty shootouts. "It has been obvious, too obvious". It leaves a sour taste, because we thought we could have qualified. "We kept our composure in a really hard environment and we deserved to win".

The Bayern Munich star was forced out of Colombia's 1-0 win over Senegal with a calf injury and does not appear to have recovered in time to face the Three Lions.

James Rodriguez, Colombia's Golden Boot victor from the 2014 World Cup, continues to have issues with leg swelling and is questionable to play. "So, it's nice to get that one off our back and we'll have huge belief moving forward". "So we still have one and a half days to see how he feels".

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