Colombia's James still doubtful for England game

Mark Geiger has been assigned to referee Tuesday's World Cup round of 16 match between England and Colombia, four years after he became the first American to officiate in the knockout stage of soccer's showcase. "After his MRI (scan) we knew that he doesn't have a serious injury", Pekerman told reporters.

"We still have one-and-a-half days to see how he feels, and as always we hope that he will be able to play in the following games", Peckerman said, according to Sky Sports.

"Muriel is an option (if James is not fit)".

The Golden Boot victor at the World Cup four years ago lasted only 30 minutes in their dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal that saw them advance through the group stage but he could recover for Tuesday's match.

"I only can say that it's lovely to be here, to be able to play against England, and I think all my team-mates are ready to play and give everything". I can only say it is attractive to be here and to play against England.

"The thought process is that some things in life are more important than football", said Southgate when asked at a news conference about allowing the player to head home.

He limped out of Colombia's last game due to a recurring calf injury, which has limited him to just 152 out of 270 minutes during this World Cup.

"We are very self-confident and that will compensate for the fact that they are more rested".

"We are the youngest team left in and we are the most inexperienced team left in, but we've got some old fogeys as well who help the younger ones to get through it and show super leadership", Southgate said.

The Three Lions will face Colombia on Tuesday after advancing from Group G as runners-up with wins over Tunisia and Panama before a defeat to Belgium in which Southgate opted to use his reserves. This is England. This is how we should play. "We had to make sure that our key players were preserved".

"We're a team that doesn't carry any passengers", Southgate said.

  • Stacy Allen