Your England v Colombia match predictions



But Colombia defender Yerry Mina has revealed that Kane's Tottenham team-mate Davinson Sanchez has been giving inside tips on how to stop the England No 9 from firing England into the quarter-finals.

England duly lost to Argentina on spot-kicks and missed out on the quarter-finals.

Sweden will play Switzerland in St. Petersburg earlier the same day.

The midfielder is now back to full fitness and in contention to regain his starting place in Gareth Southgate's lineup. The winner of Colombia-England gets the Sweden-Switzerland victor in the quarter-finals, and then a semi-final looms against Croatia or Russian Federation.

At the older end of the scale, the 32-year-old Ashley Young said he would be keen to take a penalty if the Colombia game goes to a shootout.

Leading sports journalist Andrés Torres, from W Radio which is one of Colombia's largest stations, spoke to i about the match via a phone call from Moscow.

Sanchez gave no update on his readiness for the match.

"His wife is due to go into labour - I have said all along to the players that this is a big tournament but family is more important", added the England manager, who said Delph has been a key part of the squad.

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He thinks one of France, Brazil or England will lift the World Cup in less than two weeks time.

England's Harry Kane as led his side with aplomb scoring 5 goals in 2 matches including a hattrick. "But I have to be a little bit scared, not because I think England are better than Colombia, it's because I think Colombia need to be stronger".

But as England prepare to play Colombia in the round of 16, Colombians are laughing off the "tactical genius" label of Southgate and explain how relieved they are to be facing England, who they consider to be an "easier opposition" than Belgium.

England are in the final stages of their preparations for the World Cup last 16 encounter with Colombia on Tuesday evening.

James sat out training on Sunday after suffering from a calf injury throughout the group stages of the tournament.

Should England reach the quarterfinals, only the likes of Sweden, Switrzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation stand between them and the final.

"He's got a team behind him who will analyse and watch game after game, player after player".

But regardless of the results to come, Rooney also stressed that the fans should get behind the team, which is likely to feature numerous same players at Euro 2020 and the next World Cup. This has propelled his confidence to the zenith and ahead of England's crucial knockout match against Colombia, Kane reiterated his belief that he can score on every occasion that he plays for his country in Russian Federation.

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