England must cash in on favourable World Cup hand says Southgate

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium

Jordan Pickford proved the hero for England by superbly punching away Carlos Bacca's fifth penalty for Colombia, teeing up Eric Dier to clinch victory.

Prime Minister Theresa May found it too nerve-wracking to watch the final moments of the England soccer team's nail-biting win over Colombia late on Tuesday night, her spokesman said.

Preparation has been key for England at this World Cup, having not only have flourished from set-pieces but time spent strategising for shootouts.

"So that is a big question for me, whether they'll be able to open us up if we press them higher, and what would be the effects on our own game".

"We have got to check a couple".

Russian social media users posted a picture of the statue of former Spartak Moscow player Fyodor Cherenkov, who died in 2014, with the word "England" inscribed in red across the chest.

"England have got some fantastic players here and some players are going to want to go in a bit hard and try to rough them up a bit", Trippier observed before reiterating his original point.

"Tonight was a classic example".

People absolutely loved Baddiel's tweet, with fans commenting to say it was "the best football song ever" (obviously) and others saying it gave them goosebumps. "In life you always have to believe what is possible and not be hindered by history or expectations".

He reserved special praise for Pickford.

"I think he's fine", Southgate said of Alli.

"He's really athletic around the goal, he is excellent and he executed the plan in the penalty shootout".

Manager Stanislav Cherchesov's charges are once again outsiders; this time you'll get $3.75 for a Russian win, with Croatia in at $2.20.

England will face Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Ashley Young and Kyle Walker will also be monitored in the coming days, with Southgate admitting that the match took its toll on his players.

Southgate likened the scene in the dressing room on Tuesday night to "a scene from M*A*S*H".

"We managed to break the mould", another said. Among those who thought so: Colombia coach Jose Pekerman. A head-butt. Yelling players surrounding the referee.

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