Had Colombia played the expansive passing game that proved too much for Poland during the group stages, they would surely have made life more hard for England, who have always found it tough against opponents who can dominate possession. Win this and the Three Lions face a quarter final against Sweden, after that a semi final against Croatia or hosts Russian Federation loom.
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Harry Kane became the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton did so in 1939.
Tuesday, they'll have to step on the pitch and face a risky Colombia team that many are overlooking, but if England make that mistake, they'll face an early trip home from Russian Federation and again let down a nation that is just again beginning to believe in its national team.
From the moment the Barcelona defender dwarfed over Raheem Sterling in the opening stages to concede a free-kick, England knew they were in for a sizeable physical battle with this streetwise Colombian side. David Ospina will play a grander role in calming the defensive line and ensuring they keep their shape and cool on the pitch.
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But, if Colombia are to have any chance of beating England and making it to the Quarter-Final, it will be up to Davinson Sanchez to utilise the information gained from Premier League football. Goal-scoring chances likely will be at premium, which leads us to believe this will be a hard-fought, but low-scoring, game. "That's not being arrogant, that's not being ignorant, we could lose against Colombia on Tuesday there is no doubt". Though Colombia are unsafe without Rodriguez, having their star available would be a huge boost, as the Bayern Munich man was involved in 48 percent of Colombia's goals in qualifying, and added two assists in just 152 minutes so far in Russian Federation.
"If we see it any other way and just think about the pressure, let the situation get to us, we won't play freely".
Luis Muriel, who had replaced James against Senegal, was an option once more should the attacking midfielder be ruled out. British Summer Time. Fans in the United States can log in to the Colombia vs. England live stream at 2 p.m.
The 23-year-old scored three headed goals at the 2018 World Cup; the most by a player in a single tournament since Miroslav Klose for Germany in 2002 (5), and was unfortunate to end on the losing side.
Lingard, whose long-range goal in England's 6-1 win over Panama has been one of the highlights of the team's performances, says he is enjoying his role as part of a trio operating behind striker and captain Harry Kane.
"This tournament has many games and not much time to recover so this is obviously an advantage for England", he said.