Best reactions to England's historic World Cup penalty victory

05 July, 2018, 10:41 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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The England manager at the time, Terry Venables, hugged a devastated Southgate.

"It will never be off my back, sadly".

This being said, when Piers Morgan thinks that something is great, well, you can make up your own mind.

Alli's Tottenham team-mate and World Cup Golden Boot leader Harry Kane also returns to the XI after being rested for the 1-0 loss to Belgium in England's last group match.

England had lost five successive shootouts before luck finally smiled on it at the compact Spartak Stadium.

Fans were put through the emotional mill though as the joy of Harry Kane's second half penalty turned to despair when Columbia equalised from a corner deep into injury time. "It's about performing a skill under pressure", he said.

"You can talk about things, but the reality of executing it [penalty] under that sort of intensity is a different matter". We have studied it.

That mentality and the preparation was evident in the way England dealt with the challenge of the shootout. I'm very happy for them.

Stones has played a crucial role in Gareth Southgate's team throughout the tournament and is expected to start yet again in the three-man defence for Saturday's quarter-final clash with Sweden.


However, as England has well known in the past, there is always a flip side to the elation of a penalty kick win. They were threatening but couldn't crack David Ospina.

Colombia's media also praised what they saw as a gutsy performance by their team, who were without injured Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.

Arsene Wenger claimed Jordan Pickford was England's weak link.

The threats emerged just one day after the 24th anniversary of the murder of former Colombian global Andres Escobar.

"They don't have to conform to what's gone before", Southgate said. But it's about: set, react and go with power.

"We know the size of the task and we know the difficulty of this task". The vibrant Colombia fans belted out their national anthem and bounced in unison, swinging scarves above their heads.

"There were so many interruptions in the game, far too many interruptions", Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said.

After a first shootout victory since Euro '96 - and the first ever in a World Cup - England fans really do still believe.

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