Colombia victims of 'monumental theft' in England defeat, claims Maradona

They will collect themselves for what is next when they are ready.

Sweden are a well-organised outfit and have a drilled defensive unit, which could cause England some problems.

They were denied an equaliser just before half-time when Lampard's effort clearly crossed the line - prompting Federation Internationale de Football Association to finally see the light on goal-line technology - but in truth Germany tore England apart and were worthy 4-1 winners.

If there was ever a time to justify his selection ahead of Jack Butland, it was against Colombia and the 24-year-old delivered.

Kane was clumsily bundled to the ground by Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez and the England skipper scored from the spot to give the Three Lions a 1-0 lead.

Colombia though certainly had the quality, will and opportunity to exploit any weaknesses in Southgate's defence and, while the late header from Yerry Mina forced extra-time, the backline passed their examination in impressive fashion.

The win sent England through to face Sweden in the quarter-finals, which is to be shown on BBC One on Saturday.

A nervy extra-time then gave way to a fingernail biting penalty shoot out in which England went behind following Jordan Henderson's miss.

The Andean nation's capital, Bogota, came to a standstill as people tuned in to watch the "Cafeteros", with electrifying roars and loud gasps surging throughout the city each time either team came close to scoring. England beat Tunisia and Panama as expected, and then lost against Belgium in the battle of the "B" teams.

There were two incidents when English players Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire went down easily in the penalty area but Maradona was really irate about the award of England's penalty in the second half. The victor of that last-eight match will face either Russian Federation or Croatia in the semi-finals. The victor there gets the Russia-Croatia survivor.

Southgate has challenged his players to write their own history after England's poor recent results at finals.

We know Ian Wright was clutching Lee Dixon as it went off in the ITV studios.

The Three Lions finally won a World Cup penalty shoot-out as they saw off Colombia to reach the last eight. "It showed our togetherness and character", he said. "But we did", Dier said. "If anything, we should feel freer".

The 1986 World Cup victor then went on to criticize American referee Mark Geiger, questioning his appointment for the game and the competence of Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the referees' committee, before demanding he too apologize.

After England secured passage to the knockout stage, Southgate explained how that mentality had translated into his thinking on penalties.

  • Stacy Allen