Maradona: "I saw a monumental robbery in England vs. Colombia"

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   POWER There are fears of a UK power surge as England take on Colombia

GETTY POWER There are fears of a UK power surge as England take on Colombia

Maradona, whose famous "Hand of God" goal helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup, nailed his colours to the Colombian mast after Argentina were eliminated at the hands of France and was pictured wearing the team's jersey on social media.

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"We shouldn't only look at Colombian players, people should look at England players".

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England finally overcame almost 30 years of penalty pain when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalized in the 93rd minute.

England's nail-biting run to the World Cup quarter-finals has earnt them an unlikely supporter - Germany legend and penalty-shootout nemesis Lothar Matthäus.

And when England were awarded an obvious penalty when Carlos Sanchez hauled down the magnificent Harry Kane, there was a three-minute delay for Colombia's protests before the striker scored from the spot. He also netted England's first in the shootout.

But Stuart "Nobby" Clarke, 60, backed England to pick up the prestigious trophy if the Three Lions beat Colombia at Spartak Stadium.

"Today we were on the receiving end of this but I hope it won't happen again. I think we've always underestimated them", Southgate said. Definitely. That's what we're here for.

But Southgate also knew it had been more than a decade since England's last knockout-round win at a big event, and so he was sure to savor this one - both for himself, because of his past, but also because he thinks this England can paint a brighter future than its recent self-flagellating past. Before departing for Bogota, their manager, whose players were a shining example of fair play and sportsmanship throughout the game, took time to express his anger at the manner of their defeat.

"The group games were relatively easy, really, nobody wanted to win the last game".

A nervy extra-time then gave way to a fingernail biting penalty shoot out in which England went behind following Jordan Henderson's miss.

"We knew that if it has to go to penalties, it has to go to penalties".

Dan Underhill, 38, from Gillingham, Kent, said "it's got to be" when asked if this was England's best opportunity in decades.

"We have to see what is possible and not be hindered by history or the expectations", Southgate said.

"All England fans, even the most optimistic of fans, would agree there's always that nervousness before a game".

He said: "I can guarantee u the Colombians will b out in force & the English will still b tucked up in bed!"

"It's coming home, its coming home".

"The lads", he said, "have a chance to write their own stories now".

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