Pickford and Dier the heroes as England win shoot-out at last

Pickford and Dier the heroes as England win shoot-out at last

Southgate's side has struggled to break down teams with a similar approach - needing an added-time victor to beat Tunisia in their opening game and then only scoring courtesy of a Harry Kane penalty in the meeting with Colombia.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford helped England end their penalty shootout hoodoo and reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Colombia in Moscow.

"To get knocked down at the end like we did with that goal in extra time, you know, it's hard to come back from that".

"Obviously we'd spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch", the Spurs striker said.

"We were ready for that. We'll know more over the next 36 hours", he said.

"We'd studied all of their penalty takers and great credit to our collective of staff and to him for taking on board that information and preparing in the right way".

Maradona said Colombia had been hit by the absence of the injured James Rodriguez.

After a first shootout victory since Euro '96 - and the first ever in a World Cup - England fans really do still believe.

Pickford now has the chance to rub Wenger's nose it in even further by producing another excellent display in England's quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday. "I cheered Colombia's goal as if I had headed it myself".

Colombian players also appear to be upset at the way Jordan Henderson went down after contact with Wilmar Barrios' head.

One mocking meme showed male officials at the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) headquarters distracted by images of Colombian women in the crowd, instead of watching the game.

Yet Colombia did not learn their lesson as Carlos Sanchez, once of Aston Villa, was penalised for dragging Kane to the floor at an England corner.

A stoppage-time equaliser from Colombia's Yerry Mina put paid to England's hopes for a steady passage to the next round following skipper Harry Kane's opener, and the mood back home became much more subdued as they stared down the barrel of a penalty shootout.

With neither country able to conjure a victor in extra-time, it went to the lottery of spot-kicks.

The Three Lions launched fast attacks from the very beginning and created a few threats through some early set pieces, but their efforts were largely blocked by the Colombian side.

Eric Dier's game-winning kick ended a 28-year run of rotten luck in penalties at major tournaments, starting with a loss to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup... England, which had long wilted under its country's critical news media gaze, showed up in a positive mood, and preaching that this time - finally - would be different.

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