England end long wait for knockout win

How England could line up against Colombia in World Cup last-16 clash

Hodgson's team failed to reach the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but did qualify for the last 16 of the Euros, where they faced tournament debutants Iceland in Nice.

The skipper and his team mates had kept their cool when it mattered most - for 120 minutes of a tense and tetchy game played at a Spartak Stadium which resembled Bogota, given the dominance of Colombia's passionate supporters.

"It is a blow for the whole group". I apologise to the Colombian people, but the players are not to blame as we don't choose the referees.

He flew in on Monday with friend and fellow Ipswich fan Laurie Smith, 22, after deciding to belatedly join the World Cup party.

"On the back of our shirts it is written "Unidos por unidos por un pais" which means 'United as one nation, '" said Andres Felipe, from the city of Medellin.

- Harry Kane has scored six goals in his first three World Cup appearances for England - only three players have scored more in their first three matches; Hungary's Sandor Kocsis (9), Germany's Gerd Muller (7) and Argentina's Guillermo Stabile (7). England had won a penalty shoot-out at a World Cup.

England fans on Brighton beach celebrate the penalty shoot out win over Colombia.

A brief screen outage in the closing minutes of normal time added even more drama to the evening's activities.

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Following a nail-biting and bad-tempered affair in Moscow, the game was decided by penalty kicks, and it was England who held their nerve and booked their place in the quarter finals after winning the shootout 4-3. Both teams had the talent to make a run, and one will look back on Russian Federation as a real opportunity to reach a World Cup final.

England won 4-3 on penalties to go through to the quarter finals of the World Cup where they will face Sweden.

In some minds Colombia's Wilmar Barrios was fortunate not to be sent off after slow motion replays appeared to show him headbutting England midfiender Jordan Henderson as a fracas erupted around the awarding a free kick.

The Three Lions were preparing for a free-kick on the edge of the Colombian penalty area when the incident occurred and amidst the uproar between both sets of players, referee Mark Geiger brandished a yellow card in the direction of the Boca Juniors midfielder.

It brought up the Tottenham star's sixth goal of the tournament, and also saw England's captain equal Tommy Lawton's 79-year-old record.

To paraphrase Gary Lineker, one of England's few reliable penalty-takers over the years, football's a simple game: 22 men chase a ball around and, at the end, England always lose on penalties. The South Americans would have to get past first European hopefuls Belgium and then, if the seedings play out, France to get this far - but they have the pedigree to do it.

"Every game's a tough game but if there ever was a chance for us to progress it's now", he said.

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