Colombia tie England's biggest game in a decade, says Southgate

Jun 30, 2018, 12:26
Colombia tie England's biggest game in a decade, says Southgate

Southgate said: "I don't think mentally we lose anything because Colombia know we've made changes and they know Belgium weren't their full team as well".

Southgate denied the defeat had dented England's momentum after their positive results in the previous two matches. That's why we are here.

"I think if I'd kept it on the floor and get a bit of extra detail on the finish it maybe has the chance of going in the far post".

Their 1-0 win and Group G top spot secured in Kaliningrad by a curling Adnan Januzaj strike has pitched them into the half of the knockout draw featuring Brazil, France, and Argentina. "I thought they had the better controlled possession, and the better chances in the first half", said Soutgate.

"We weren't focused on that [paths to the final] before the game, we want to win every game possible and we're disappointed, that's the main thing", the 19-year-old said. I went to two of their games in Brazil (four years ago) - they were incredible occasions. A Danish scarf on his shoulders, minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen insisted he too was sure of victory, saying: "If you can't join them, beat them".

"We've got 20 outfield players who have now played in a World Cup".

"There have been many different reasons for not getting over the line". Some disciplinary, some have been penalty shoot outs.

After a surreal night on the Baltic where England struggled to contain their satisfaction with a defeat that offers them an easier path to the final, Belgium are trusting that World Cup fortune will favour the courageous.

But the England manager says it is not something his players should fear and has been planning for such an eventuality since March.

"It's exciting", Southgate said of the clash.

"They did unbelievably well at the last World Cup - it's not going to be easy at all".

"It looked like Colombia had 30,000-40,000 fans in the stadium".

The Colombia coach said he was "extremely concerned" about the player's fitness but was pleased that the team rose to the occasion to snatch the win against Senegal.

By introducing Danny Welbeck rather than Kane from the bench for the final 15 minutes in Kaliningrad, he ensured all of his outfield players have now been involved across the three group games.

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