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Colombia star James still a chance for England clash

04 July, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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"He is emblematic for England and shows their quality in the World Cup, but we will not face him alone, it will be the England team, there are many figures".

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling return to the England line-up as manager Gareth Southgate recalls nine players who were rested for the 1-0 defeat to Belgium last week.

Though usually the best-case scenario is finishing first, the unpredictable nature of the first two rounds of the group stage has meant that numerous tournament's favourites have actually finished second in their group (or have been knocked out altogether).

- Till date, England have never lost a game against Colombia. "A World Cup semi-final chance by beating Colombia and Sweden or Switzerland... those [England] players will be more positive than ever I think now".

"I said many times that no country under 40 million people has won the World Cup since 1954". He's made no secret of the fact he'd like to be the World Cup's top scorer.

James Rodriguez "does not have a serious injury", and that is good news for Colombia.

England by contrast struggled to beat Tunisia in the first game before putting six past minnows Panama. Harry Kane gave them the lead early in the second half, before a last-gasp Colombia equalizer sent the game to extra time. The former Independiente Medellin player has been directly involved in three of Colombia's five goals at this World Cup, scoring in the first game and delivering an assist in the second and third.

Accepting Colombia in the last 16 to avoid Brazil in the quarter-final' is nauseating presumption given England's history, especially when considering that Jose Pekerman's side have arguably beaten far better sides than have Southgate's to this point. Thus, he is likely to miss the match against England which will turn out to be a huge blow for Colombia.

Despite coming under small criticism for his performance against Belgium, Jordan Pickford unsurprisingly keeps his place in goal with the Three Lions hoping to keep a clean sheet for the first time at this year's World Cup competition.

"We are quite stable even when things turn hard".

It is now goalless, with England dominating the majority of the game yet failing to create any real openings. Even if Rodriguez is out, Radamel Falcao and Colombia have enough firepower on paper to still come away victorious. And England's current squad features Harry Kane, who has already scored five goals in Russian Federation 2018.

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