England end penalty jinx to edge Colombia in shootout to book place in last eight

Jordan Pickford helped England end their penalty shootout hoodoo and reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Colombia in Moscow.

After decades stewing on his Euro 96 semi-final miss against Germany, Gareth Southgate has spent recent months trying to improve their chances in Russia if it went all the way.

Things looked set to go pear-shaped when Jordan Henderson’s penalty was saved, only for Mateus Uribe’s spot-kick to rattle the bar and goalkeeper Pickford to deny Carlos Bacca.

Eric Dier kept his composure in the Spartak Stadium cauldron, propelling the Three Lions to a famous 4-3 shootout win after it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.

Sweden now await in a mouth-watering Samara quarter-final on Saturday, which England approach buoyed by a display of character and coolness which belied this group’s tender years.

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England became the last team to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals after a dramatic penalty shootout as favourites Brazil and fancied France trained their sights on their last-eight opponents.

England’s victory against Colombia takes Gareth Southgate’s team into what looks like a winnable match against Sweden, who edged out Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday.

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Harry Kane believes Gareth Southgate’s England side came of age in Moscow after navigating a dramatic penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Kane thought he had seen off a fractious Colombia side in normal time when he nervelessly converted a second half penalty – his sixth goal of the tournament and third spot-kick.

But Yerry Mina’s injury-time header levelled things, putting an exhausted England through half-an-hour of tension in extra-time followed by a nerve-shredding shootout.

The Three Lions came through, as they had only done once before in their previous seven attempts, with Kane’s opener setting the tone, Jordan Pickford saving at a crucial moment and Eric Dier slotting the winner.

Summing up the evening’s events for the least experienced side left in the draw, Kane said: “Obviously we’d spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch.

“There were mixed emotions, highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out. We were behind, and wanting Pickers to save one, and he did. It showed our mentality.

“It showed the togetherness and character. These are the moments you really see that. It’s a big night for England.

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

England had looked bereft when Colombia drew level in the dying seconds of a match that had long since escaped the control of the referee.

But with tempers flaring, England held their nerve.

“We were so unlucky to concede in the last minute, but we stood up, we were tall and didn’t let it affect us,” said the captain.

“We knew we had extra-time and the penalty shoot-out. It showed the togetherness and character. These are the moments you really see that. It’s a big night for England.”

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