Colombia's James still doubtful for England game

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

"The England players will know this too".

This will be the sixth World Cup match for the 43-year-old former math teacher from Beachwood, New Jersey, and the third at this tournament.

Tuesday's game against Colombia in the round of 16 is "a great opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams went before and I think they're relishing the chance", coach Gareth Southgate said Monday. "The lads have got the chance to write their own stories".

The last time England won a World Cup knockout game - or any knockout game - was a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup. His total is one better than Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku (who's also played in just two matches) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (whose World Cup run is now over).

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"I would love to be in charge of the Colombia team this week, reminding my players how England don't respect them".

England meet Colombia in the last-16 on Tuesday, with Sweden or Switzerland looming as their quarter-final opponents if they knock out the South Americans.

"We will focus on the game and our performance and everything will fall into place from there.Maybe the teams who aren't here weren't as strong this time". That gives the team the momentum England lacks, Pekerman said. "Everybody has to press and work for the team".

Captain Radamel Falcao spoke of "a game we always dreamt to play since we were kids" but would not see it as a revenge of sorts after unsuccessful spells at Manchester United and Chelsea between 2014 and 2016. "All team-mates are ready to play tomorrow", the Monaco striker said. "He brings many skills to the pitch so of course we take him into account and we think he will be able to coordinate well if he has to play".

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