Sweden will be tougher test for England than Brazil - Eriksson

Thibaut Courtois Dedryck Boyata Vincent Kompany and Michy Batshuayi of Belgium celebrate victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium

Jordan Pickford proved the hero for England by superbly punching away Carlos Bacca's fifth penalty for Colombia, teeing up Eric Dier to clinch victory.

England forward Jamie Vardy is reportedly a major doubt for the team's FIFA World Cup quarter-final on Saturday due to a thigh injury.

Reports have it the English FA was looking at techniques to employ to improve England's dismal record in the penalty shootouts. The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight.

As England have at last got past the hurdle of the first knockout round - for the first time since 2006 - supporters are scenting the possibility of an extended stay in Russian Federation. "If we've got players who are 75% the guys who haven't been in the team deserve to come in and be at 100%".

If you woke them up in the middle of the night, they would know every position in defending - any possibility in the game, they know what to do.

Imagine what three more wins will do. After a tense 30 minutes which was dominated from Colombians, the tie moved into penalties.

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England had researched Colombia's penalty takers beforehand and Pickford said: "We had a fair feeling, and Falcao was the only one who didn't go his usual way".

When England coach Gareth Southgate was asked about his opposite number's comments, he said: "I thought there were many, many fouls in the game and I don't think we conceded anywhere near the number of our opponents".

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"Great save and very important from his point of view because he had a bit of stick after the Belgium match, which I didn't go along with, and it was great to see him do that".

The skipper and his team mates had kept their cool when it mattered most - for 120 minutes of a tense and tetchy game played at a Spartak Stadium which resembled Bogota, given the dominance of Colombia's passionate supporters.

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