Maradona Calls English's World Cup Victory a 'Monumental Theft' Against Colombia

James Rodriguez

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

Certainly more people have learned how to go find its players, 14 of whom play in either Spain, England, Italy, Germany or France, and two of whom, including captain and best player Luka Modric, just celebrated a third straight European Champions League title with Real Madrid. "England win on penalties (Yes really!)", the paper said.

"Southgate's policy towards penalty takers is that they must be fit and comfortable to strike", said Wallace.

England do not win penalty shootouts.

This reality stands cemented already even ahead of the quarterfinals that begin on Friday, with only two previous final berths sprinkled among that whole foursome up there.

ESPN's Charlie Gibson queries fans about England's World Cup chances while colleague Chris Mendes takes in all the action at Flat Iron Square in London.

England will wait 24 hours before assessing the fitness of Jamie Vardy, Kyle Walker and Ashley Young following Tuesday's penalty shootout win over Colombia.

"We looked at individual technique, we looked at how we needed to be as a team".

"We did not use our football to create more danger".

That could have been their fate had they lost their last group game to England, who have been handsomely rewarded for finishing runners-up with - on paper - what appears to be a far-easier route to the final.

The 31-year-old came on late against Colombia, and was expected to take England's decisive penalty.

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.

English commercial broadcaster ITV - who share the live rights with BBC - said 23.6 million viewers tuned in for five minutes of the shootout in Moscow whilst an average of 20.1 million watched the game in its entirety.

England's only goal within the game's 90 minutes, was scored after Geiger awarded England a penalty kick.

Argentina flirted with disaster in the group stage and although hopes were high that they could improve after beating Nigeria in the group stage, it was not to be.

Neymar's Brazil are the favourites to win a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 but France, Belgium and Uruguay are all in their side of the draw.



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