18:00 GMT 03 July 2018
The last 16 ties of the World Cup 2018 are fully underway and three quarter-final match-ups have already been confirmed. It’s the turn of Colombia and England to make their way into the last 8 on Tuesday night and the winner will face either Sweden or Switzerland.
In four previous international meetings, Colombia have never beaten England with three losses and one draw. One of those fixtures came at a World Cup Finals back in 1998 where the Three Lions won 2-0 after goals from Darren Anderton and David Beckham, sending them into the knockout stage. A hat-trick for Michael Owen gave England the victory last time they met in 2005 in a 3-2 win.
Dele Alli has trained this week after missing the Belgium game through injury while the majority of the starting players have had nine days rest ahead of the last 16 clash.
Latest matches: Colombia
The South Americans have received a huge boost with the news that James Rodriguez is fit to start against England, increasing their chances of progression tenfold.
Latest matches: England
With so much interest surrounding England’s seemingly ‘easy’ route to a potential final, this game certainly won’t be easy. Gareth Southgate’s men go into the match as slight favourites but can’t afford to be complacent. A draw after 90 minutes seems quite likely between two relatively evenly-matched sides and with England’s awful record on penalties, you wouldn’t trust the Three Lions in a shootout.
03 July 2018 - 18:00 GMT
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