England and Colombia face off in Moscow on Tuesday night, with the final World Cup quarter-final spot up for grabs.
Hype in the English camp (particularly among the media) has ramped up in recent days amid talk of the “easier” route to the final, but Gareth Southgate and his side will have to be wary of a Colombian side who have more than enough ammunition to hurt them and, perhaps, send them home early.
Having rested a number of regular starters in last week’s defeat to Belgium, Southgate names an altogether stronger side for this clash with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson all returning.
Indeed, Jordan Pickford and John Stones are the only survivors from that Belgium defeat as Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier in what is the same first eleven to that which started England’s opener against Tunisia.
— England (@England) July 3, 2018
For Colombia, meanwhile, the big news is that James Rodriguez misses out through injury. The Bayern Munich playmaker had been rated as doubtful for this match having come off injured against Senegal and, despite Pekerman’s optimism throughout the last few days, the side’s talisman misses out, with Jefferson Lerma coming in to take his place.
Colombia ante Inglaterra:
David Ospina, Arias, Mina, Davinson, Mojica; Sánchez, Lerma, Barrios; Cuadrado, Quintero; Falcao ??
— Diego Rueda (@diegonoticia) July 3, 2018
The winner of this clash will be cup against Sweden, who booked their place with a 1-0 win against Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon.