England beat Colombia on penalties after dramatic night in Moscow

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This is a true leader, this is what the England team needed.

'We knew what would get thrown at us and that was kind of silly from him.

England manager Gareth Southgate has been highly praised for consoling Colombia's Mateus Uribe moments after his crucial missed penalty in England's shootout success at the Fifa World Cup. I think it will be very hard.

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.

Progress at the World Cup in Russian Federation has been secured by the shootout that has haunted England for so long.

They kept calm. The players have taken it all on board, it's a special moment for us.

"(Southgate) wanted to change the way we are and try something different", Kane recalled.

"We practised and practised and it paid off", Kieran Trippier, one of the successful penalty takers on Tuesday, said. "We carried on, we believed and, in the shootout, we have some great takers".

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Colombia received six of the eight yellow cards for the game, including one for Wilmar Barrios for an apparent headbutt on Jordan Henderson.

Vitally England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's guesswork regarding which way to anticipate a kick was not based on instinct but research.

He said: "As a brother who has gone through this, I know what must be going through their heads, and I wouldn't want anyone to go through that".

"That's why I didn't go there."

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Southgate's saved penalty gave Germany the chance to go through to the final if they scored their next penalty, which they did.

He has borne that scar well but admitted after this game that the experience "will never be off my back, it will live with me forever" and one can only imagine how he felt in Spartak Stadium when American referee Mark Geiger blew his whistle at the end of 120 minutes.

You can nearly see the pain of that moment leave Southgate as he celebrates England's win over Columbia.

He should also be given credit for insisting his players practice penalties, even bringing in a psychologist to help them, after a succession of his predecessors wrote the whole process off as a lottery beyond their control. "They don't have to conform to what's gone before", Southgate said.

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