James Rodriguez unavailable for Colombia in round of 16 vs. England

Danny Woods
July 4, 2018

He limped out of Colombia's last game due to a recurring calf injury, which has limited him to just 152 out of 270 minutes during this World Cup.

After the damp squib of a heavily rotated line-up losing 1-0 to Belgium in their final group game, Lingard is confident England have more gears to go through in Russian Federation so long as they have road left to run.

England is favored to win against Colombia, according to a rundown of betting odds by British GQ, but in this surprise-packed tournament where four-time winners Germany, two-time champs Argentina, and 2010 Cup champion Spain have all been shown the door, no favorite is safe.

Gareth Southgate's side faced Belgium in Moscow on Thursday night where the victor was to finish top of the group, however, would also arguably face a tougher run to lifting the trophy.

England is favored to win their first Round of 16 game since 2006, but Ramadel Falcao and Colombia will provide the Three Lions their first real test of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The other half of the draw includes the fearsome quartet of Brazil, France, Uruguay and Belgium.

The Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup lasted only 30 minutes in their 1-0 victory over Senegal that saw them advance through the group stage.

Kane's strike also sees the 24-year-old match Lionel Messi's total record of World Cup goals, on his debut at the tournament.

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- Except one, England has never failed to find a net in their 18 knockout games at World Cup. He'd love to end that scoreless run on Tuesday, if his health allows.

England advance to face Sweden in the quarterfinals on Sunday (NZ time).

"We've become like family", he said.

"But we have played tough matches that have made us stronger, more confident and with more belief in ourselves".

"But when we are in possession, it allows me to get further forward to get beyond the striker a bit more and get into goalscoring positions", he said.

Against Sweden, the Swiss won't have captain Stephan Lichtsteiner or fellow defender Fabian Schaer, each of whom has two yellow cards. Matches like this are won by small details. That's good enough for a solid Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking at No. 6, but Switzerland is hardly a perennial power.

Under the guidance of Argentine maestro Pekerman, a new generation has since emerged and this game represents the chance for them to prove their credentials and reach back-to-back World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the country's history.

The red and white clad Spartak stadium, 15km outside central Moscow, resembled downtown Bogata an hour before the match.

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