Germany’s out. Argentina’s out. Portugal’s out and now their Iberian neighbors, Spain, are also out. Is the time ripe for England to finally win a World Cup after what has been 52-year wait?
Well, that answer can only be answered in steps and the first one will come tonight as the Three Lions square up against Colombia in the Round of 16.
Both teams have posted similar records in the group stages. England won two matches and lost one. Colombia did the same. The edge over here is with Colombia as England’s wins came over Tunisia and Panama, while Colombia won against Poland and Senegal. It is clear that Colombia defeated better quality teams in their group, while England lost to the most credible opponent in its own group, Belgium.
That being said, England have shown an impressive resilience in this tournament. At least the first-team has. They were drawing with Tunisia in the opener but clawed back to win the game via a Harry Kane header. The Three Lions then showed their ruthless side by pummeling Panama, 6-1. Against Belgium they fielded their second-string side that succumbed to the Red Devils’ second-string side. Talk about a game no side wanted to win.
Colombia came off their disappointing result against Japan to post two straight wins and top their group. With James Rodriguez back at his creative best and a defense that is getting stronger with each game, Los Cafeteros will be a tough nut to crack for Gareth Southgate’s men.