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Head to Head:England are unbeaten against Colombia, having faced them five times previously (W3 D2). The last Colombia Vs England encounter dates back to May 2005 in New Jersey. England won 3-2 thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trick. England beat Colombia in their only previous World Cup encounter thanks to goals from Darren Anderton and David Beckham, it was in the group stages of the 1998 tournament.
England:“Colombia are a tough team and have got some great players and we have to be ready for that. This is the moment of truth,” Harry Kane said, and he’s not wrong. But it’s a “moment of truth” not just in the confines of a do-or-die knockout clash, it will also determine whether Southgate’s risk and England’s perceived arrogance are well-placed or not. Let’s not forget, the two teams England have beaten so far are Tunisia and Panama, neither of whom impressed during their short stays in Russia.
The key player – Harry KaneA genuinely world-class goal scorer and one of the few players in this England squad you could consider ‘world class’. Harry Kane will captain the team in the Colombia Vs England match and will need to be at his absolute best if the Three Lions are to do anything in this tournament. The first thing to do will be to take him off corners. He is currently the top scorer in the World Cup and tops the race for the golden shoe with 5 goals.
Young Player to look out – Eric DierNot one of the biggest names in the squad, but Eric Dier is definitely one of the most trusted. The Tottenham man has played in 13 of Gareth Southgate’s 16 matches as England manager and will be a vital cog in Russia.
Wenger on Eric Dier:— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) June 27, 2018
"Nobody talks about him, he played all the games before. Since the start of the #WorldCup we have not seen him.”
“He can play in the middle of the defence & as a midfielder. I don't know why he has not been used at all."#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/LNeqZMN3NE
Predicted Line-Up:Probable team: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane
Colombia:The Colombia team has the necessary arsenal to take England apart. Let’s not forget, they produced one of the most complete team performances of the group phase when sweeping Poland aside 3-0 in Kazan – Juan Fernando Quintero, Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez stealing the show. It has been something of a rollercoaster campaign for Jose Pekerman’s side, however. Fitness issues for James – who is a doubt for Tuesday’s game – and the early sending off of Carlos Sanchez in their opening 2-1 defeat to Japan being the main talking points.
Yet, this is a team that has shown its mettle and will need to prove again in the Colombia Vs England match.
The culture we are up against in the England-Colombia match tomorrow. All that passion! pic.twitter.com/tl5yFTeOd6— Richard Pascoe (@PascoeRP) July 2, 2018