England's Jesse Lingard hails Gareth Southgate's 'revolution' of team

The quest for the World Cup trophy hots up in the knock-out stages from Saturday

The quest for the World Cup trophy hots up in the knock-out stages from Saturday

Meanwhile, Colombia's James Rodriguez has "minor bruising" in a calf muscle, but no decision has been taken on whether he will face England.

England have a terrible penalty shootout record but Southgate, who missed the key penalty in the Euro 96 semi-finals, has helped change things.

England reached the World Cup and then the last 16 with a match to spare, with Colombia next up in Moscow this Tuesday.

Southgate is having a similar impact on Lingard and England's other youngsters.

England have been practising penalties since March. "I think the supporters know what the most important thing is". But Kane is ignoring all the talk around his own performances and England's hopes of success in Russian Federation after reading too much during the dismal Euro 2016 campaign. "We have to be prepared physically and mentally to go to extra time, and beyond if that's what it takes", he said.

Back on home shores at Wembley a month later, some supporters were so bored by their display against Slovenia - when Harry Kane's last-gasp goal secured a 1-0 victory and qualification for the World Cup - they amused themselves by pelting the pitch with paper planes made from team sheets.

Falcao scored his first ever World Cup goal during the group stages, and has been enjoying somewhat of a career resurgence of late.

He's been racing aboard unicorns in the pool at England's team hotel.

England made a positive impression in the early stages of the tournament in Russian Federation and are now looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006. The figure drops to 57 per cent if they have failed, as England nearly always have. It's no problem for me, just part of the pre-match provocations.

"So he's desperate to support us but also I think his focus needs be with his family at this time and he has my full support on that".

"I will be talking a lot with him between now and the game - and we will have a plan". For some of them, this will be one of the biggest games they'll have been involved in.

"I watched Colombia the other day and there's nothing to be scared of there for England", Merson said.

Maybe it's the fortunate way the draw has panned out, or possibly the lack of expectation before the tournament, but whatever it is, England are in fantastic shape to finally put it all together on the world stage.

@ChrisEriksen8 you done yourself proud your country and your family and you also make the @SpursOfficial fans very proud you are a wonderful player who always gives his all and hardly ever gets injuried and always runs his heart out for the side.

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