How Cristiano Ronaldo helped England win their penalty shootout over

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

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

The World Cup hit the pause button on Wednesday as the eight remaining teams geared up for the quarter-finals after England became the final side to qualify following a penalty shootout win against Colombia.

This is England's first ever win in a World Cup shootout.

England will have just three days to recover before facing Sweden in Samara on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals. The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight.

We reported before the game that England's first five were Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson, Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli. "I don't want to go home yet".

A detailed report from Matt Lawton says that once the Three Lions arrived back at their training base in Repino and had their more than deserved spread of food and drink, they were encouraged to stay up and relive their wonderful and unprecedented heroics.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman blamed the current "confusion" about the amount of physical contact allowed defending corners for his side's penalty shoot-out defeat to England in Moscow.

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"Everyone gets anxious when a game goes to penalties, and with the record England have in competitions, it's huge in England that they've managed to win the shootout's great for confidence because of England's history", he said.

To the chorus from September by Earth, Wind & Fire, spirited supporters have changed the lyrics to reflect both the location of the tournament and their conviction that this time it really is going to be England's year.

It was a sweet moment for Pickford, and for his manager Gareth Southgate, whose decision to back the 24-year-old despite his inexperience and leave 75-time capped Joe Hart out of his squad was vindicated.

"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". "He made some fantastic saves in the game".

Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning, Paddy McKenna and Carl Kinsella featuring LIFELONG ENGLAND FAN Noz Choudry.

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