England vs Colombia

England’s significant others are wishing their boys all the best ahead of the big game.

Annabel Peyton, who is engaged to goalie Jack Butland, and Jamie Vardy’s wife Becky look like they’re having a party.

England vs Colombia live build-up ahead of World Cup 2018 last 16 knockout clash in Moscow

The last quarterfinal spot at the 2018 World Cup is up for grabs on Tuesday as Colombia faces England in the round of 16. A match with the potential to be a classic, one of these teams will move on to come within two victories of a spot in the World Cup final.

England is well rested entering this match after fielding several reserve players in the 1-0 loss to Belgium to close out the group stage. Meanwhile, Colombia is wondering whether James Rodriguez will be ready to go after picking up an injury in the match against Senegal.

Jose Peckerman, Colombia’s coach, is confident his superstar will play after an MRI scan showed he is not experiencing a serious injury.

“We still have one-and-a-half days to see how he feels, and as always we hope that he will be able to play in the following games,” Peckerman said, according to Sky Sports. If James can play, Colombia could be the favorite to win. If he can’t, then the match should be there for the taking for England.

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Football tackles a Colombian shaped traffic jam on its route home this evening as England take on the South American outfit in Moscow.

The Three Lions lost their final group game to give them a perceived easier path to the final with tonight’s fixture arguably the toughest on the road to global football’s showpiece.

Colombia boast a side including household names such as James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, although the former has been struggling with injury.

Can the Three Lions get over the line? You can follow all the build-up and action LIVE right here.

Colombia vs England

This time it’s Colombia, Ecuador’s South American neighbours, who stand in their way of a quarter-final place, who have doubts over their star player James Rodriguez despite managing to top their group.

For Colombia, doubts still persist over whether star man James Rodriguez will be fit to start for the South Americans in Moscow.

James, 26, went off injured during Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday that saw Jose Pekerman’s side seal top spot in Group H.

Former Aston Villa and Colombia forward Juan Pablo Angel says there is a ‘different atmosphere’ in English football under Gareth Southgate

“We will focus on the game and our performance and everything will fall into place from there.

“Maybe the teams who aren’t here weren’t as strong this time. If teams are beating Spain and Germany they have also got to be respected. We haven’t even discussed anything beyond [Tuesday].”

For Colombia, doubts still persist over whether star man James Rodriguez will be fit to start for the South Americans in Moscow.

James, 26, went off injured during Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday that saw Jose Pekerman’s side seal top spot in Group H.

The playmaker missed training on Friday and Saturday, and a scan subsequently showed he has a swelling in his right calf, though the Colombian football federation says the muscle is not torn.

The Colombia boss is confident James will be fit to start at the Otkritie Arena: “We had good news after his medical tests. After his MRI (scan) we knew that he doesn’t have a serious injury.

“We still have one-and-a-half days to see how he feels, and as always we hope that he will be able to play in the following games.”

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If the Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup misses the game, though, Pekerman suggested Sevilla forward Luis Muriel could replace him in the starting XI.

“Muriel is an option,” he said. “He was great during the match against Senegal.

“He was able to change the pace, he’s technically gifted and really fast. He works well with the team.”

England are expected to revert to the side that started against Tunisia. That means midfielder Dele Alli has recovered from the thigh injury he picked up in that opening Group G win.

Meanwhile, Colombia are set to make a late decision on James’ fitness. However, fellow midfielder Abel Aguilar is likely to feature having recovered from the muscle problem that saw him sit out that final Group H win.

England are unbeaten against Colombia, having faced them five times previously (W3 D2). Their last encounter dates back to May 2005 in New Jersey. England won 3-2 thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trick

England beat Colombia in their only previous World Cup encounter thanks to goals from Darren Anderton and David Beckham (2-0), it was in the group stages of the 1998 tournament. Current England boss Gareth Southgate was an unused sub that night

Colombia have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for the third time but it’s the first time they have accomplished it in consecutive tournaments (1990, 2014, 2018). The only previous occasion they’ve gone past the round of 16 was in 2014

Three of Colombia’s five goals at this year’s World Cup have come from set-pieces (two from corners, one from direct free kick) whilst England scored more goals from dead-ball situations than any other team in the group stages (6)
Colombia have scored in each of their last eight World Cup games, the longest current run of any team as of the end of the 2018 group stages. The last time Colombia failed to find the net in the tournament was in June 1998 against England (0-2)

None of Colombia’s 21 games at the World Cup has ended goalless. In fact, only the USA (33) and Austria (29) have played more games in the competition without ever registering a 0-0

England have won only two of their last eight knockout games at the World Cup (v Denmark in 2002, v Ecuador in 2006). They had progressed in six of their eight previous games in the knockout phase

Merse: I watched Colombia the other day and there’s nothing to be scared of there for England. They are dangerous at set plays but we are as good as anybody at set plays. In truth, they’ve been poor and they also had James Rodriguez limp out of the Senegal game which is a concern for them.

I was sat there watching the Belgium game and hoping England didn’t score. If we don’t get to the last four I’d be shocked. At the start of the tournament we were saying that if we’d get past the quarter-finals it’d be great but if we don’t get to a semi-final now it won’t have been a very good tournament.

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