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Diego Maradona calls England win over Colombia 'monumental robbery'

04 July 2018, 10:22 | Myron Mathis

Harry Kane is England's leader and talisman Credit

Harry Kane salutes the fans

In one half, England, who played their one final when they won the title in 1966, and Sweden, who lost to Brazil on home soil in the 1958 final, will meet in Samara on Saturday with a last-four clash against Croatia or Russian Federation awaiting the victor.

"It was a night when I just knew we were going to get over the line", the coach told reporters after England had to mentally recover from a 94th-minute equalizer by Colombia and coming from behind in the shootout before reaching the quarter-finals.

And the former Burnley man revealed England's first-ever shoot-out win in a senior World Cup was honed during the hours of work in training in the build up to the competition in Russian Federation.

For all the drama around England, the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins.

Their last meeting at a major tournament was Euro 2012, where the Three Lions won a gripping encounter 3-2 thanks to goals from Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.

So far Downing Street has said the prime minister's resolve is not cracking, and the boycott by British ministers and members of the royal family - imposed after the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March - stands.

A pub where a mass brawl broke out during yesterday's England match has announced it will not be showing any more World Cup games.

That could mean Uruguay sit back even more than usual and try to contain France, hoping to catch them on the counter attack. "England win on penalties (Yes really!)", the paper said.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saves a penalty from Colombia's Carlos Bacca. Only 8 teams are remaining in the tournament. Remarkably, they haven't scored a goal from open play in six knockout matches since 2004. But there is something everybody agreed on, no matter whether they were English, Colombian or neutral: American referee Mark Geiger was terrible.

After beating Colombia, England now have to do it all again against Sweden - and we want to see how you're getting in the World Cup spirit. "We will continue to cheer for our team".

"This round is looking very nice for us - Sweden is the best chance and then hopefully Russian Federation get through and we play them in the semi-final". Or will the game become a war of attrition between two northern European teams who are accustomed to winning with a combination of physical strength and a strong focus on set-pieces?

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