Colombia's Falcao accuses American referee of favouring England

Harry Kane

REUTERSHarry Kane will resume his place in the starting line-up after being rested against Belgium

Everyone has been overly-positive in the last week. "It was a hard situation to be in and we can look back on it and be very proud of it". "We'll know more over the next 36 hours", he said. The pervading theme ahead of the final group game against Belgium was of a need to throw the game in order to line up a more favourable route to the final.

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"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend, and they can defend in their own box as well".

Diego Maradona has apologised to Federation Internationale de Football Association for comments he made about the referee after Colombia's defeat to England at the World Cup. Is it really coming home?

The Three Lions were seconds away from winning the tie in the regular 90 minutes but Yerry Mina's header meant England fans had to endure an additional half an hour before the dreaded penalty shootout.

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England won their first ever penalty shootout in a World Cup against Colombia to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

And Eriksson warned that Gareth Southgate's side may have been better off facing tournament favourites Brazil rather than Sweden.

"I've never seen a game like this before and how they behaved", said Stones, who has played five years in the Premier League and four years for England. "People should also look at England's players".

England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans equalised in the 93rd minute. They were threatening but couldn't crack David Ospina.

"For me, it was one of those games that was so unusual", he said. You have to try and stand in the shoes of these players.

Colombia's media also praised what they saw as a gutsy performance by their team, who were without injured Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.

"On the back of our shirts it is written "Unidos por unidos por un pais" which means 'United as one nation, '" said Andres Felipe, from the city of Medellin. "That will hurt them the most". There is nothing wrong with having hope, but there is everything wrong with the kind of arrogance which has had people talking of "choosing" a route through the latter rounds.

"Penalty shootouts are lot about mentality and obviously we know England in the past haven't done great", Kane said. With a little bit of luck they might even win it.

They might have been outnumbered in the stadium but earlier in the day, at Bistro restaurant on one of Moscow's main shopping streets, England's modest following made their presence felt.

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