England v Colombia: Colombia victims of 'theft' - Maradona

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England have actually triumphed in a shootout before, but you have to go all the way back to Euro 96 when, with Stuart Pearce's passion to the fore, they defeated Spain in a quarterfinal at Wembley.

England have beaten Colombia on penalties.

"At a time when Federation Internationale de Football Association is doing everything within its power to ensure principles of fair play, integrity and respect are at the forefront of this World Cup and how the organisation is now run, Federation Internationale de Football Association is extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game". This is a true leader, this is what the England team needed.

The Three Lions had been on top for most of the 90 minutes but appeared understandably deflated in extra time - although Danny Rose and Dier missed late chances to win the game and avoid a shootout.

This was more than a penalty shootout victory.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg - who has been working with ITV during their coverage of the World Cup - believes the referee made the incorrect decision and that Barrios should have seen red. But coach Gareth Southgate's team prevailed 4-3.

"We've not got a good record against them". Amusing how we heard similar excuses from the Spain coach Fernando Hierro - "it's a lottery and we were unlucky" - and Denmark's Åge Hareide - "unfortunately it was decided by a lottery" - after their shootout defeats at the weekend.

"England have the players individually to do something special".

Bizarrely, before the shootout, Jordan Pickford was given a new water bottle by the England goalkeeping coach, Martyn Margetson.

England will play Sweden at the Samara Arena at 3pm on Saturday. "I just tried to stay in the moment".

Every England player struck his penalty using the Goalkeeper-Independent method: they picked their spot and trusted in their execution. Only Jordan Henderson kicked to his non-natural side. "It was a night when I knew we were going to get over the line". "Our list of five takers altered because of the changes we made but we had some young players, who showed resilience under pressure".

His playing career was best remembered for that penalty miss against Germany in 1996 - when his tame shot was saved and Andreas Möller scored the decisive kick in sudden death - despite successful stints in the English Premier League with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. They have young, hungry players.

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