England are 'Diernamite!' Press hail end to penalty shootout woe

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium

Ashley Young prepared to take penalty and banish spectre of shootout misery

Some 81% of television viewers tuned in to see the final moments of the penalty shootout, which saw Eric Dier score the winning penalty against the Colombians.

"You obviously fear the worst when you miss a penalty but Pickers did brilliantly with the save and they've hit the bar, so I'm just relieved we got over the line", said Henderson.

"But our feeling is, certainly nothing serious, but two or three in particular that we've probably got to assess quite closely tomorrow and see exactly what level they're at".

"They are always more than the sum of their parts".

"I think it's just a case with England of not getting too carried away", Cook told the Wigan Post.


I very much doubt you'd get Janne Andersson willing to hold himself up for such a public humilation for a well-known pizza chain.

Should England get past a resilient Swedish side, they will face the victor of the quarter-final between hosts Russian Federation and Croatia in the last four.

England's World Cup penalty shootout win against Colombia was a rollercoaster of emotions for fans. Our historic record against them is another one we have to put right. Every team will believe they can make the final at this point.

"Football can bring connection through a country and I'm delighted we are exciting people, bringing enjoyment and we want to keep it going", added Southgate, who himself has risen to prominence during the tournament with his calm style earning plaudits.

"It was a night when I knew we were going to get over the line".


Larsson's midfield partner Albin Ekdal had a scan on a twisted ankle on Wednesday but was back training on Thursday and is expected to start against England, and striker Ola Toivonen is ready for another tough day of running.

TV images showed Maradona wildly celebrating Colombia's late equalizer that took Tuesday's Round of 16 match to 1-1 and extra time.

"There are some really good players and some really good teams".

England and Sweden have twice met at the World Cup with both encounters in 2002 and 2006 ending in stalemates.


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