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John Stones Happy To Send ‘Dirtiest Team’ Colombia Home From World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 03: defender John Stones of England and midfielder Juan Cuadrado of Colombia during the Round of 16 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer match between Colombia and England on July 3, 2018, at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Anatoliy Medved/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

John Stones says Colombia were the “dirtiest team” he has ever faced and is glad England’s new-found streetwise streak helped knock the South Americans out of the World Cup.

A bad-tempered last-16 clash ended 1-1 in Moscow on Tuesday before England won on penalties for the first time ever at a World Cup to reach the quarter-finals.

Harry Kane opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot but England were furious that American referee Mark Geiger only showed a yellow card for a first-half headbutt by Wilmar Barrios on Jordan Henderson.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 03: England players (l-r Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Jamie Vardy) celebrate after Eric Dier of England scores the winning penalty during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

“Probably the dirtiest team I’ve ever come up against,” Stones said of Colombia on Thursday.

“When we won the penalty, they were surrounding the referee, pushing the referee, the headbutt that you’ve all seen, scuffing the penalty spot, a lot of off-the-ball things you probably haven’t heard about. All the sort of things that you don’t really hear in a football match.

“I think on our behalf, we showed massive character to keep a cool head and not get sucked into their game.”

Despite the rough treatment, Jamie Vardy is England’s only injury doubt for the last-eight match against Sweden in Samara on Saturday and Stones said Colombia came off worse in being sent home.

“I think the best thing for us was to beat them at football. That’s the biggest thing that’ll hurt them, is going back on the plane home,” said the Manchester City defender.

“I’ve never seen a game like this before and how they behaved. I thought there could have been several red cards in that game from what happened.”

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