Gareth Southgate Instructed England Players To Stay Up Past 6am

06 July, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Donnie King
  • Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium

England reach World Cup quarter-finals with penalty shoot-out win over ColombiaThe Three Lions reached the quarter-finals in Russian Federation after prevailing 4-3 on spot kicks against Colombia after a 1-1 draw.

Eric Dier scored the winning penalty at Moscow's Spartak Stadium after hero goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept out Carlos Bacca's spotkick with a magnificent left-handed save.

England boss Gareth Southgate reportedly faces an anxious wait over the fitness of attacking duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane ahead of the World Cup quarter-final clash against Sweden. The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight.

England can now look forward to a quarter-final against Sweden with the curse of the shootout lifted. "If we've got players who are 75% the guys who haven't been in the team deserve to come in and be at 100%".

"But today is a special moment for this team, and that hopefully will give belief to the generations of players that follow, because they can see what is possible".

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Diego Maradona claimed the referee helped England to beat Colombia in the round of 16.




"I am really proud of the way my team played", Southgate said.

"Yes, we can" - The Guardian invoke Barack Obama's famous 2008 election slogan after England "finally win a World Cup penalty shootout".

A detailed report from Matt Lawton says that once the Three Lions arrived back at their training base in Repino and had their more than deserved spread of food and drink, they were encouraged to stay up and relive their wonderful and unprecedented heroics.

Despite the confidence boost, Butland said he was hopeful England would not have to navigate any further penalty shoot-outs during the rest of their time in Russian Federation.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes that a couple of England players are lucky if they start the next game against Sweden.

"It was a tough game, we knew it would be, it was a little bit different to what we are used to but I thought we coped with it well, handled the game well and controlled it well apart from the late goal", he said.

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