It's coming home! England fans celebrate victory against Colombia in Reading

Sergio Cunningham
July 5, 2018

England's new generation ended the World Cup penalty jinx by knocking out Colombia on spot kicks to reach the quarter-finals.

Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford's brilliant save from Carlos Bacca's attempt, with England's first ever World Cup shootout win setting up a meeting with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

Beginning with their 1990 semi-final heartache against West Germany, England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three out of four in the European Championship and they looked on course for another nightmare when midfielder Jordan Henderson saw his spot-kick saved by David Ospina.

"You know you are standing there and if we don't get through from a game we played so well in, you know you will continue the history and mindset for teams to come".

Many England supporters joined them, using hashtags #ItsComingHome and #FootballsComingHomeAgain along with videos of their celebrations.

'The goalkeeper has no worldwide experience, I have not seen anyone win the World Cup who has been decisive in some moments, ' Wenger told beIN Sports before England faced Colombia.

"They don't have to conform to what's gone before", Southgate said.

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"I've got power and agility, I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper".

No previous world champions stand between England and the final.

Fabian Delph was the only player missing and was on his way back to the squad on Wednsday night after his wife gave birth to their third child.

Pickford was criticized after conceding Adnan Januzaj's victor in the group-stage loss to Belgium, including by his Belgian counterpart Thibaut Courtois, who said he was too small.

"We'd studied all of their penalty takers and great credit to our collective of staff and to him for taking on board that information and preparing in the right way". "That hasn't been good for us".

But there were eight yellow cards shown during a tempestuous encounter and it was the approach of Gareth Southgate's men that surprised Mourinho. For some I think it's just cramp and some need more assessment. "I think there is exaggeration on theatre by the players", he told Russia Today. "We'll know more over the next 36 hours", he said.

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