Mark Geiger: USA referee to officiate England vs Colombia

Gareth Southgate missed a penalty for England in 1996 World Cup

Gareth Southgate missed a penalty for England in 1996 World Cup

We feel that that this was a game that we wanted to win but the knockout game is the biggest for us for a decade.

The pair, who are Colombian-Italians, both agreed their side would win, and were confused when told some people thought England's loss [to Belgium] was a tactical one.

Los Cafeteros will face Gareth Southgate's side at the Spartak Stadium on Tuesday night, with Sweden or Switzerland awaiting the victor in the quarter-finals.

"I think we've been in this position before many times over the last however many years", Southgate said. "It's going to be a hard game for both teams and I think it will go to extra-time".

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Woodward may have made his name as the coach who led England to glory in the rugby union World Cup of 2003, but he had a spell in football as Southampton's technical support director and has earned a reputation for his theories on leadership.

England beat Tunisia and Panama in the group stage, before a 1-0 defeat against Belgium meant they secured a place in the knockout phase as a runner-up.

"They have good potential there, good quality".

Torres, who has been speaking to Colombians on the ground in Russian Federation, said the station surveyed the opinions of fans and journalists after the nation qualified for the last-16. "I think if we lose against England I'm going to cry for the whole week", she said.

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He added that England has taken note of how Colombia beat Poland 3-0 in the group stage and "we've got to make sure that our work without the ball is spot on" to avoid being punished on the counter.

The status of Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez looms large over the contest.

"It's early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup - whether we go out tomorrow or we go on and win it - the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads".

With the exception of national team legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no one's talking about Sweden as a favourite to win the title.

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Both the teams were tied at 1-1 after extra time and it took a heroic effort from Akinfeev to clinch the encounter for the hosts. Their quarter-final opponents will be decided on Sunday night, when Croatia face Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod.

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