All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England

  • All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England

All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England

The victor of the match between England and Colombia in Moscow will play whoever comes out on top in the clash between Switzerland and Sweden - but first England have to overcome the quarter-finalists from the last World Cup.

Colombia's players were strangely put out by the decision to pull Carlos Sanchez up for wrestling Kane to the deck, yet Henderson was the only player booked in a lengthy wait that ended with England's captain smashing home.

James Rodriguez "does not have a serious injury", and that is good news for Colombia.

Southgate described England's clash with Colombia as the country's "biggest in a decade", and Lingard said the manager had given his players the confidence to believe they are strong enough to meet the challenge.

England won a number of corner kicks early in the first half but failed to find the same joy they experienced against the Tunisians as Colombia defended resolutely to deny the taller Three Lions.

The huge victory sends England to the quarters for the first time since 2006, but it did not come easy at all.

Colombia's Football Federation confirmed on Saturday that "James Rodriguez underwent a scan today which showed that he is suffering from minor edema, but that there has been no muscle tear".

England forward Harry Kane was the top scorer in the group stage with five goals, all against the weaker opposition of Tunisia and Panama.

Amid frayed tempers and the heat of the occasion, Kane kept a cool head, directing his penalty high and into the centre of the net with Arsenal's goalkeeper David Ospina diving to the right.

All of a sudden the public opinion has gone from England having no chance to them never having a better chance. A turnover in midfield started a promising three-on-two counter-attack but Juan Cuadrado blasted his shot hide and wide from an angle.

South American commentators are known for screaming "goal" for a long time whenever a side scores.

The Tottenham man came on as a second-half substitute against Colombia, but endured a tough time getting up to speed with the game.

Radamel Falcao headed wide of Pickford's post in the 104th minute - the Monaco striker under heavy pressure from Maguire who did well to throw him off. Mina scored twice in three games for Colombia in the group stage, including the goal that beat Senegal and secured advancement. One more save from England, and a final goal from Dier clinched it - England won 4-3 in penalties.

However, Uribe's attempt hit the crossbar and Kieran Trippier levelled, then Pickford produced a super one-handed save to deny Bacca, before Dier fired home the victor.