It may even deny them a victory over Sweden in Saturday's quarterfinal in Samara, when England will attempt to reach a World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1990. The Atletico Madrid player isn't blessed with numerous physical characteristics of a classically dominant defender; he doesn't have outstanding pace, nor does he possess the height or the bulk to be an imposing powerhouse of a defender.
"I'm just sorry for the whole Colombian people", Maradona said. But whereas these tactics were once evidence of England's technical deficiencies, Sweden have turned them into a strength, creating low-scoring contests in which they have a greater chance of upsetting stronger opposition. In 1994, the year of the finest Swedish run at a World Cup since making the final in 1958, the Swedes squared up with Romania in the quarter-finals having already well exceeded expectations.
The Jules Rimet trophy was the name of the original World Cup trophy - and it was the trophy that the English side won back in 1966.
Just eight teams remain from the 32 who started the World Cup in Russian Federation.
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"We've also taken the decision to give the staff some much needed time off, after all of the hard work and effort they've put into the games so they can enjoy the forthcoming game at their leisure".
"Sweden is another team we have a poor record against". That's why you start with your banker, like Harry Kane did against Colombia, and we did with Gary Lineker - to make sure you score.
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The teams were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time.
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Unlike the game today - and as we saw with Gareth Southgate's England - there hadn't been anything before the game, nothing at half-time, about what would occur if it was to go to penalties.
They've scored more goals (12) than any team at the tournament, while Brazil have conceded the least goals (1).
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford spoke of researching Colombia's penalty tendencies, and Southgate credited the 24-year-old and his staff for seeing them through.
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.
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With the exception of national team legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no one's talking about Sweden as a favourite to win the title. 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.