Colombia ready for ‘full-on, to-the-death’ England match

Dean Simpson
June 30, 2018

On a mission: England manager Gareth Southgate wasn't too anxious by his team's loss to Belgium.

Gaeth Southgate made no true attempt to beat Belgium and top their group, meaning they find themselves in the easier side of the draw.

'I felt the need to sit with him, but he was brilliant, ' Southgate said.

"It's one of the reasons why we've done what we did (against Belgium), to give ourselves the best possible opportunity of doing that".

If they managed to advance to the semi-finals they would be facing a Tuesday, July 10 (7pm) fixture, the same evening that City are due to travel to League Two side Lincoln City for another friendly. "He totally understood 100 per cent team first". He came off at half-time in Thursday's game against Belgium with a calf problem but it's not thought to be serious and he should be in contention for the match against Colombia in the last 16.

"I want to highlight that all my players played well and at a high level", Pekerman said.

"I think both sides are keen to continue that work at a faster pace than we have done up till now and certainly we would welcome that", she said today.

Southgate wanted to rest his key players - Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli did not start either - and also keep the wider squad engaged in the tournament by giving them game time.

England's returning stars must now perform in Moscow or their manager will face a mighty backlash. No, the strategy here was simply to arrive at the knockout stages of the tournament having essentially played two games rather than three and concluding that the benefit of enjoying such a break outweighed the pros and cons of meeting Colombia, Senegal or Japan.

They say while many town centre pubs have good security, some in residential areas can be overwhelmed on match nights when numbers grow.

"I've always said we've had a chance but at the moment I can't see past Brazil", he added.

'But if we believe it's the right thing to do then we stand by it'. "We lost once, and the others were a draw and, going back before that, Sweden have beaten England in big games".

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