'Colombia should be no problem for England'

30 June, 2018, 20:27 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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He's started all three of England's World Cup games so far (1,173 minutes) and looks to be central to Gareth Southgate's plans. "FA Cup ties went to two or three replays so we weren't in those situations as often as we are now". But, I think, 'where does pressure come from?' The more you read and listen and take in, it's normally the voice in your own head.

"I think if I keep it on the floor and get a bit of extra detail on the finish it maybe has a chance of going in the far post. We're all fighting and raring to go, and can't wait for the next game".

"The most important thing for me is the players are in the best physical condition for the game".

Fit-again midfielder Dele Alli spoke confidently before England's last-16 clash with Colombia on 3 July.

"There's some top sides and no global game is easy". I made this decision because I am very happy here.

This half of the bracket features big names in two high-powered matches right out of the gate: A loaded France squad plays Lionel Messi and Argentina in Saturday's early game, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the winners meeting July 6. Had the game finished in a draw, England would have topped the group on the newly introduced fair play rule and set up a last-16 game with Japan.

Honda hits late Japan leveller to blow World Cup group wide open
England now faces Panama, which is playing in its first-ever World Cup and looked overmatched in a 3-0 opening loss to Belgium. Poland defender Bartosz Bereszynski warned: "We know very well what is this game about, but we are optimists".

There was a unusual feeling around the game as both teams were already assured of progress to the last 16, with talk about the best path to the final compounded by a combined 17 changes. In global football, that's just nearly a desperate call to see a loose team with no understanding of what we're trying to do. Among the latter group is Harry Kane, a man very much in form.

Spain looked suspect defensively last time out against Morocco, but Russian Federation haven't scored a World Cup goal against European opposition on European soil since 1982 against Belgium.

"They have some top players, some top attacking players in particular, but we also have some really good players who are full of belief and looking forward to this challenge".

The senior team have lost six of their seven penalty shoot-outs at major tournaments - a statistic manager Southgate knows all too well about, having missed his spot-kick in the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany.

If Switzerland fail to turn up, which is a real possibility given their previous record at this stage, we could see Sweden reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994.

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