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03 July, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Carla Brady
  • England defender Harry Maguire is ready to face Colombia

"This is a match we've always dreamed of playing, since we were young children we wanted to play something like this, so we are really looking forward to it and we're used to playing games like this".

"I would love to be in charge of the Colombia team this week, reminding my players how England don't respect them".

"I think we can enjoy it from the first minute".

And Eriksson added: 'It was the second team of England and the second team of Belgium.

However, a football-loving cat has emerged as a star supporter for England's next World Cup opponents.

Colombia reached this stage of the tournament by winning Group H, and England arrives in the knockout rounds having finished runner-up in Group G. Plenty has changed since their last World Cup meeting, a game England won 2-0 in 1998, but the Three Lions remain favored over Los Cafeteros.

Player for player England are better than Colombia - Jenas England v Colombia (19:00 BST, Tuesday 3 July)How to follow:Live on BBC Radio 5 live, live text commentary online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV. "But they are not at the level of the top teams in the world but certainly are a good team", he said. "It's easier that it's England and not Belgium because the players of Belgium are hungry [for the win], England aren't", Martino said.

"They're good. They've got a lot of potential".

"Ten months ago we qualified for the World Cup by beating Slovenia and people were throwing paper aeroplanes on to the pitch at Wembley".

Rodriguez's last goal for Colombia came in an October, 2017, qualifier against Peru. "I think if we lose against England I'm going to cry for the whole week", she said.

At the older end of the scale, the 32-year-old Ashley Young said he would be keen to take a penalty if the Colombia game goes to a shootout. "But I have to be a little bit scared, not because I think England are better than Colombia, it's because I think Colombia need to be stronger". "I'd like Colombia to do well but at the same time it's England all the way".

Thokwa's score prediction is a 2-0 England win.



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