Gareth Southgate masterminds the end of England's penalty-shootout woes

Thursday, 05 Jul, 2018

Jose Pekerman would have been hoping that the 26 year old could repeat the trick four years later in Russian Federation but instead he had to start the loss against Japan without his talisman and against England Rodriguez didn't even make the bench.

Penalties were the nightmare scenario for England fans, who know their team's sordid shootout history.

"It is a blow for the whole group".

He said: "I can guarantee u the Colombians will b out in force & the English will still b tucked up in bed!"

England failed to even qualify for Euro 2008 under Steve McClaren but returned to the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa under Fabio Capello.

"I told (FIFA president) Gianni Infantino that if I worked for Federation Internationale de Football Association I would change everything", he said.

"Now is not the time to talk about my future, but the World Cup has helped me reconnect and reaffirm myself as a footballer".

In the shoot-out, David Ospina plunged to his left to keep out Jordan Henderson's poor penalty and give Colombia the advantage, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca brilliantly to give Dier the chance to win it for the Three Lions. When there are so, so many fouls and interruptions I think that's not good. Eric Dier put the final nail in the Colombian's coffin, scoring the winning penalty for England.

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"I'd have liked a week to enjoy this one but haven't got that because Sweden are a team I respect hugely".

By Andrew Das Of course it went to penalties.

They are now through to a quarter final against Sweden on Saturday but they had to do it the hard way after conceding a late goal after leading 1-0 for most of the second half.

If there was ever a time to justify his selection ahead of Jack Butland, it was against Colombia and the 24-year-old delivered. "Our list of five takers altered because of the changes we made but we had some young players, who showed resilience under pressure".

England manager Gareth Southgate speaks with Harry Kane and team mates.

Gesturing to the grandstand, with crowds in fine voice, he added: "I just heard off the grapevine up there, it's coming home". But it all fell apart two minutes later as Aron Gunnarsson's long throw caused chaos in the England defence and Ragnar Sigurdsson took advantage.

The Burnley fan, who has attended every Three Lions game so far, said: "It'll be tougher than everyone expects - they've got some really good individual players and as we've seen by the opening fixtures in the round of 16 so far, anything can happen".