Colombia vs England confirmed XIs: James Rodriguez fails late fitness test

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England's penalty record is "horrendous", says the BBC, but coach Southgate has made sure his players have been working on their technique from 12 yards. But Colombia, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation will be feeling exactly the same, and they will all fancy themselves against a nation which has a history of taking too much for granted. "The lads have got the chance to write their own stories".

The tournament is considered wide open following the elimination of Germany, Spain and Argentina, but Southgate refuses to get carried away with his team's chances. But the Swedes could earn more respect by beating Switzerland and advancing to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994, when they ultimately finished third.

"We are quite stable even when things turn hard".

"We will focus on the game and our performance and everything will fall into place from there". "That's not being arrogant, that's not being ignorant, we could lose against Colombia on Tuesday there is no doubt".

Their star-man james Rodriguez is facing a fight to be fit after an injury against Senegal.

Although the Three Lions lost 1-0 to Belgium in their final group game, they will go into this game with history favouring them as they are unbeaten against Colombia in five previous meetings.

"In previous years we have never shown the football, whether it is the European Championships or the World Cup, and there will be no change to that", Richard Lewis, AELTC CEO, said.

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"We had good news in the result of his medical test", coach Jose Pekerman said. "After the MRI scan it was clear there was no serious injury", Pekerman told reporters on Tuesday (AEST).

England, meanwhile, dropped the tempo slightly, happy to play the ball around the back to see the game out.

Jordan Pickford keeps his place in goal despite some criticism in the media for his part in Adnan Januzaj's victor for Belgium in the final group match.

Luis Muriel, who had replaced James against Senegal, was an option once more should the attacking midfielder be ruled out.

"I think he can do great things wherever he plays, and with the national team even more".

England won a number of corner kicks early in the first half but failed to find the same joy they experienced against the Tunisians as Colombia defended resolutely to deny the taller Three Lions.

Dele Alli is also back in the team after missing the past two games following a thigh strain he picked up in the opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia. However, fellow midfielder Abel Aguilar is likely to feature having recovered from the muscle problem that saw him sit out that final Group H win.

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