Rodriguez misses out for Colombia, Alli back for England

Rodriguez misses out for Colombia, Alli back for England

"Obviously we'd spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch", the Spurs striker said. I apologize to all the Colombian people, but the players are not to blame for this.

England were the better side without looking too risky but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.

"I just remember running in and someone stepped in front of me", he said of the incident.

"We had a cruel blow on 90 minutes, which we had to show incredible resilience to come back from", said a relieved Southgate, whose own penalty miss cost England in the semifinals against Germany at Euro '96.

When we're in the moment, we all accept that a penalty shootout is organised chaos and a bit of a lottery, really. A poor Kyle Walker giveaway in the 81st minute nearly cost them, but Juan Cuadrado blazed over from a good position.

With the World Cup Round of 16 clash heavily poised at the Otkrytiye Arena, tensions began to rise and tempers were threatening to spill over after Barrios appeared to lash out at the Liverpool skipper. But it's about: set, react and go with power.

Maradona, 1986 World Cup champion, had been a prominent spectator during Argentina matches but seemingly switched allegiances when his country was dumped out of the competition by France. "For (Kane's) penalty we stuck together and we were trying to get the players away from each other", Sterling continued.

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Earlier on Friday, France and Uruguay open the quarter finals when the face each other in Nizhny Novgorod at 10 a.m. But he was despondent when England won a penalty shootout, taking them into a quarter-final against Sweden .

'Before the tournament [Southgate] has given us everything that could be thrown at us - every single possibility from going behind to the opposition trying to get you yellow or red cards.

That mentality and the preparation was evident in the way England dealt with the challenge of the shootout.

Fantastic pictures showed usually busy areas such as Mall in Westminster and Parliament Square, always swamped with locals and tourists, emptied before 7 pm, when people gathered in pubs or homes to cheer for the Three Lions.

England shooters Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Kieran Trippier found the back of the net, but Jordan Henderson was unable to score in his attempt. It's a big night for England.

Maradona added: "England couldn't find a way in, Colombia played how it could, with what it had, without James [Rodriguez], without a creator".

"England have the players individually to do something special".

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