Ashley Young wants a chance for penalty shootout redemption if required against Colombia

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Ashley Young (r) at Euro 2012 with team mates Ashley Cole (m) and James Milner (l)

Ashley Young wants to atone for his previous shootout failure and take a spot-kick if England’s World Cup hopes come down to penalties.

Gareth Southgate‘s men might have to go all the way in Tuesday’s tough-looking last-16 clash with Colombia, putting their vulnerability from 12 yards in the spotlight.

England have lost six of their seven major tournament shootouts, with Young guilty of failing in the country’s last dalliance with spot-kicks at Euro 2012.

The Manchester United man struck the bar in the agonising 4-2 quarter-final penalty defeat to Italy, but the now 32-year-old is ready to make amends in Moscow.

“Of course I’ll put my name forward,” full-back Young said.

“I have got the confidence in my own ability to step up and take one, so if it goes to that stage then I’ll definitely be one to put my hand up and want to take one.

“Obviously we’ve worked and practised them, and I have got confidence in my own ability to be able to score one.”

Southgate knows all too well about the Three Lions’ penalty problems, having missed a crucial attempt in the Euro 96 semi-final loss to Germany.

England have been practising, studying and developing strategies for penalty shootouts since March and their manager would have no problem picking Young if it came to it.

“He’s a player, as we’ve seen, with outstanding set-play delivery and technique,” Southgate said.

“Like all the players, we’ve been through all the various drills to prepare.

“Once we get to that point, we know of our sort of ranking of players and what we’ve seen, not just with us but over the years in players who have taken more in certain matches than others.

“We’re prepared but there’s a lot of football before that point.

“Our primary focus is preparing for what happens during the flow of the game but should it come to that stage we’re ready.”

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England a man short against Colombia as Fabian Delph returns home for birth of third child

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Fabian Delph has returned home for the birth of his third child

Fabian Delph has Gareth Southgate‘s full support to be at the birth of his child rather than England’s crunch World Cup clash with Colombia – although the midfielder could yet make it back to Russia if the curries kick in.

All eyes will be on the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday evening as the Three Lions attempt to win their first knockout match since 2006.

England approach the match fresh and injury-free, but their 23-man squad could well be a player light as delph flew back to the UK straight after starting last Thursday’s defeat to Belgium.

The Manchester City midfielder’s wife Natalie is expecting their third child and Southgate is fully behind his family first mindset, although the player has not given up on making the last-16 clash given by his attempts to bring on labour.

“The thought process is that some things in life are more important than football,” the England manager said. “His wife is due to go into labour.

“I’ve said all along to the players that this is a big tournament, but family is more important.

“I think it’s very important at times like this, that players who are family-orientated are supported by us.

“He has been exceptional. I mean, we’ve been so fortunate to have a squad of players whose character and spirit has formed an incredible bond.

“We’ve been away and he has been fundamental to that. I can’t speak highly enough of his character around the group.

“So he’s desperate to support us but also I think his focus needs be with his family at this time and he has my full support on that.

“He might be with us. He’s buying his wife curries and all sorts of things to try and aid the speed of process.

“But, for me, I think again it’s a bit of perspective in life because everybody says you only get one chance to be in a World Cup, but also there’s only one day in your life when your children are born.

“I know my father’s generation and those before them would view that differently, but you have got to be there for your family and that’s very important.”

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Substitute Nacer Chadli emerges to complete Belgium comeback against Japan in final moments

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Nacer Chadli scores the winner against Japan with the last kick of the game

Nacer Chadli rose from the substitutes’ bench to complete Belgium‘s comeback from 2-0 down against Japan in the dying embers of injury time and enter World Cup 2018’s quarter-finals with an epic 3-2 win.

The Samurai Blue emerged from a goalless first half to be two-goals ahead by 52 minutes through Genki Haraguchi’s breakaway and the outstanding Takashi Inui’s piledriver. A first entry into the last eight seemed set from that point.

But Roberto Martinez’s hotly tipped side weren’t done. Headers from Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini levelled things up by 74 minutes at Rostov Arena, before Chadli swept in a 94th-minute counter-attack to become the first nation since West Germany in 1970 to comeback from 2-0 behind in the World Cup’s knockouts.

Belgium will now play favourites Brazil in the next stage.

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