It only served to underline what Southgate has described as "the disconnect" between the fans and teams.
If James plays and is fit, his creativity is key to Colombia and if he misses it all the responsibility it will be down to wide players Juan Cuadrado and Juan Quintero, whose set pieces have been a key weapon for Colombia so far in Russian Federation. "There's nothing more important than family to me - family always comes first and always will", Delph had said earlier this month, as quoted by ESPN FC. "We are aware of that, but our qualities and our threats can cause some problems as well".
"We were driving back to our hotel after beating Malta with some obscene chants being thrown at us from supporters". We have to concentrate on our football, play in the style we have so far in the tournament, with the same mentality, and show the resilience and the freedom we have done up to this point. "I thought they had the better controlled possession, and the better chances in the first half", said Soutgate.
"Everyone's seen the level that we've been playing at and we've got to keep improving. We aren't going to change for no one and no team". But maybe not the biggest.
For England, Southgate's haunted look that night is all part of a wider narrative.
Any time spent watching Southgate's squad at close quarters reveals a contrasting camaraderie and Lingard feels this can work in the Three Lions' favour at a World Cup that continues to open up unpredictably.
"He's a great finisher", Lingard said. "In my younger days I just wanted to run with the ball every second", he said. You mustn't be inhibited.More news: USA representative from Wisconsin proposes dismantling of ICE
This game is exactly the type England normally come up short in, but there's something about this year which is getting us all believing. We've been trying to make it as realistic as we can and it's been good.
Rodriguez was top scorer at the 2014 World Cup, scoring six goals and weighing in with two assists as Colombia reached the last eight before losing to hosts Brazil.
Sweden's World Cup has been a odd one so far: lucky to beat South Korea with a penalty in their first game, unlucky to lose to a 95th minute goal against Germany and totally convincing to destroy Mexico 3-0 in their last match.
"I want to go help the team. That's what got us here today so why change?" he said. "The challenges do step up now".
"With the players in our squad, we can hurt any opposition". But also, generally the better teams have won.
Kylian Mbappe made himself a household name with a dazzling performance against Argentina, and he's got the speed to beat almost any defender.
Waistcoat sales have taken a hike since Southgate started sporting one. It's much cooler in Moscow than it has been but he might need more than that a waistcoat on Tuesday - especially if it goes to a shoot-out.