Maradona Calls English's World Cup Victory a 'Monumental Theft' Against Colombia

Jul 05, 2018, 03:00
Maradona Calls English's World Cup Victory a 'Monumental Theft' Against Colombia

However, Swedish-born Eriksson insists it would be foolish to dismiss England's quarter-final opponents after they topped a group featuring Germany and Mexico before ousting Switzerland in the last 16.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are struggling with a back and thigh injury respectively ahead of England's meeting with Sweden, according to a report.

Preston Police said they were deployed to the scene but made no arrests. "It's very clear to me, Geiger, an American, how curious that he was the one who invented a penalty for Brazil [in a 1-1 friendly draw against Colombia in 2012], that Nigeria accused him at Federation Internationale de Football Association".

For 92 minutes in Moscow, the Three Lions kept their cool as Colombia lost theirs and played with a patience in possession rarely seen by England sides in recent years.

Yet as they walk out to face world soccer's mightiest superpower in Kazan on Friday, they might wish they were playing relative minnows Sweden instead.

The prevailing theme of the Round of 16 of this World Cup - which is already being labelled as the best edition ever - has been the triumph of the underdog.

Extra-time came and went as the match went to penalties, where the Three Lions won the shoot-out and their first knockout match since 2006.

Southgate is not taking the occasion for granted but he believes it could become an increasingly regular occurrence given England's talent. Mentally, they were very, very strong.

Croatia really anxious me in the last 16 against Denmark because they just disappeared in the second half. You'd think their fans would know that but. go figure.

They also play with two up front - usually Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez - which means they carry a big threat going forward too.

Southgate said he was already looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.

Yet Eriksson does not consider that a major issue given he thinks the team's strength to be how it functions as a unit. Our historic record against them is another one we have to put right.

"Sweden don't have a Kane, Sterling or a Neymar".

They've scored more goals (12) than any team at the tournament, while Brazil have conceded the least goals (1). "They work extremely hard".