Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

This time it could be coming home: Fans roar on England

This time it could be coming home: Fans roar on England

He said, "I'm so proud".

This is England's first shootout victory in World Cup history after defeats in 1990, 1998 and 2006.

Many thought it was a case of classic England - king of the choke - once again finding a way to lose the unlosable.

Colombia forced extra-time, then ultimately penalties, following Yerry Mina's dramatic header in stoppage time.

With their dogged defending, tactical discipline, and reliance on penalties, own-goals or any other way possible to get the ball in the back of the net, Sweden haven't been the prettiest team to watch at the World Cup.

Former England forward Wayne Rooney, who now plays for Washington DC in US Major League Soccer, kept his online celebrations brief, focussing on Pickford's save.

Gareth Southgate has handed Kane the captain's armband for England's World Cup 2018 campaign, and he has led by example with five goals en route to the last 16.

Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to make World Cup quarters
But he scored one in the ensuing shoot-out, with Croatia triumphing after Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive kick. Rebic, along with Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic may feature ahead of the midfield duo of Modric and Rakitic.

England are strong favourites for Saturday's quarter-final after their penalty shootout win over Colombia, but Sweden have shown impressive resilience so far in Russian Federation, keeping clean sheets against South Korea, Mexico and Switzerland and nearly holding Germany to a draw. "We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning". He is the player that everyone is talking about - wherever you go at the moment, people from all around the world.

"We haven't seen anything to be scared of so far".

"I think England will at least make the semi-final this year and it's going to be fantastic".

As they chanted "don't take me home" and other terrace classics one courageous photographer, regular contributor Fraser Gray, got in among the action and filmed the extraordinary scenes.

"Bring them on. majority have respect for us and we feel secure regardless of who we meet", striker Marcus Berg told reporters as he looked ahead to the last-eight encounter in Samara on Saturday.

"This will give us more belief than ever, and the fans more belief than ever back home".

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