England break curse with historic shootout win

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England, historically bad in penalty kicks on the big stage, dramatically prevailed over Colombia 4-3 on spot kicks after a 1-1 tie to advance in a major knockout competition for the first time since 2006.

If England get past Sweden they face a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia for their first appearance in a final since winning the World Cup for the only time in 1966.

If England are to reach the World Cup quarter-finals then they will have to win a tournament knockout match for the first time since 2006.

Jordan Pickford's save from Colombia's Carlos Bacca, following Mateus Uribe's miss, enabled Eric Dier to score the decisive kick for England, which sends them through to a quarterfinal clash with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

But first England must get past Colombia and that won't exactly be an easy task.

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Talking about Pope's ability, an England insider told the newspaper, "He has looked good in training".

England victor will play Sweden or Switzerland in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Yerry Mina's header in the third minute of stoppage time for Colombia made it 1-1 at the end of regulation, and extra time was scoreless.

And asked whether England can start dreaming of glory if they beat Colombia, Rooney said: "I think we should be dreaming now".

After the damp squib of a heavily rotated line-up losing 1-0 to Belgium in their final group game, Lingard is confident England have more gears to go through in Russian Federation so long as they have road left to run.

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"We are a better team than four years ago", explained goalkeeper David Ospina to reporters, adding that the experience and unity in the current squad gives them a great chance of prevailing.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia with Tuesday's win appearing to vindicate - just - coach Gareth Southgate's decision to field a second-string side in the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route.

Tite's Brazil eased to a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday and are still the favourites to win the World Cup with the bookies. This is England. This is how we should play.

England had a nervy start to the World Cup, with Tunisia giving them a run for their money. If Colombia can keep up their defensive form from the group stage, England could very well struggle to create chances in this game as well.

Having been fouled by Carlos Sanchez, Kane - after a lengthy delay caused by Colombia's protests to referee Mark Geiger - duly kept his cool to break the deadlock from 12 yards.

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The World Cup match between Colombia and England will be broadcast live on Fox. "But the World Cup is very important - it unites people from all parts of Colombia, as well as our worldwide hostel guests".

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