"I think we can enjoy it from the first minute".
"For this team, it's a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have gone before".
The news means that it is likely that the 2014 Golden Boot victor will play some part against the "Three Lions", which would be a major boost for the Colombians as they seek to defeat England for the first time in their history.
England, who won the World Cup in 1966, have a awful record in major tournaments, and have not won a knockout match since they beat Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup.
In the other game on the final day of the round of 16, Switzerland meet Sweden in Saint Petersburg, looking to become the first Swiss team in 64 years to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals. Goal-scoring chances likely will be at premium, which leads us to believe this will be a hard-fought, but low-scoring, game.
English fans reportedly celebrated their side's defeat by Belgium as it supposedly guaranteed them an easier path to the final of the competition, with local media already going into a frenzy about their chances. I think that has gained more support.
"We think we can cause opposing teams a lot of problems and that won't change because we are in the knockout phase".
Colombia manager Jose Pekerman has been preparing for Rodriguez's absence and in his side's final training session, Wilmar Barrios was used alongside Carlos Sanchez in defensive midfield with Mateus Uribe pushed further forward. He doesn't have a serious injury.
Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has named England among one of three teams who can win the World Cup.
"My heart favourite is of course France", he said on beIN Sport.
"I said many times that no country under 40 million people has won the World Cup since 1954".
If the Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup misses the game, though, Pekerman suggested Sevilla forward Luis Muriel could replace him in the starting XI.
"But I ask you, can you cut out Belgium?" And Croatia have the quality.
"But I would say England - nobody speaks about England but they are unsafe - Brazil or France".