Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

World Cup big guns primed for last-eight battles

World Cup big guns primed for last-eight battles

Even when Jordan Henderson saw the third penalty saved, Southgate believed, despite being aware England had lost all three such World Cup trials.

Russian police said they had arrested a fan over a vandalised statue outside the stadium where England played Colombia in Moscow.

"I actually predicted we would get knocked out to Colombia in the last 16 so I was already anxious".

The football's figures gifted the ITV news a rare win over the BBC, with 3.9 million viewers to 3.3 million.

England's lack of creativity further back is a problem too.

The top half contains more heavyweights, with 1998 champions France taking on two-time winners Uruguay and Brazil set to face Belgium. "This will give us more belief than ever".

However, despite those positive numbers, England only mustered two efforts on target compared to Colombia's four.

Gareth Southgate's team showed the world that they can pass the ball, and keep it, against opponents who would usually expect to dominate possession.

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When the mood turns, I often find myself consulting the odds. "It is a moment that will live with me forever, sadly", Southgate said of his miss 22 years ago. "I don't want to go home yet".

Alan Shearer has raved about Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier after his performance for England in the win over Colombia.

"A player fakes a foul, they are trying to get the referee to book another player", he said.

They've scored more goals (12) than any team at the tournament, while Brazil have conceded the least goals (1).

England have also benefitted from Spain's surprise defeat on penalties against hosts Russian Federation.

There were 16 stoppage-time goals, including late scores that changed the entire look of the knockout-round bracket during group stages. That will mark a departure from the penchant of the World Cup final to spotlight titans, with Spain in 2010 the only finalist since 1966 without multiple finals all-time, and with nobody deeming Spain an upstart.

Fellow former Three Lions star Alan Shearer simply said: "Yesssssssss boys yeeesss yes yes #RUSSIA_2018 @England".

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