World Cup 2018 – Colombia vs England LIVE score updates in Moscow

World Cup 2018 – Colombia 0-0 England, LIVE score: Captain Harry Kane bids to lead his pack of lions into the quarter-finals in Moscow clash

  • England XI to face Colombia: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Young; Kane, Sterling 
  • Colombia XI to face England: Ospina; Arias, Davinson, Mina, Mojica; Barrios, Sanchez, Lerma; Cuadrado, Quintero; Falcao
  • James Rodriguez fails to even make subs’ bench due to calf injury 
  • England have Colombia in their way in their bid to reach the World Cup last-eight
  • Harry Kane will look to lead his side’s bid for a spot in the quarter-finals
  • Colombia have the attacking threats of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao
  • Gareth Southgate is expected to make many changes from defeat by Belgium 
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The time has finally come, England have an opportunity to book their place in the quarter-final of a World Cup.

In front of them they have Colombia, who will offer up a major threat going forward through the likes of James Rodriguez, should he beat his battle with fitness, and Radamel Falcao.

Harry Kane leads the race for the Golden Boot, having scored five goals for England in the group stages, and will look to lead the Three Lions in their bid for a spot in the last-eight.

Following a last-gasp win over Tunisia and a convincing rout of Panama, England’s momentum was halted by a 1-0 loss to Belgium in their last outing.

But Gareth Southgate will hope his side, which will be drastically changed from that Belgium defeat, can fire their way through to the quarter-finals with a win against the dangerous South Americans. 

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Big decision early on as Geiger awards England a free kick for handball just outside the penalty area. Looked a little harsh. 

6 mins: Young decides to go for goal but Ospina punches it away. England have a corner but Ospina comes out to collect the ball. Such a positive start by the Three Lions. 

5 mins: Sterling wins a free-kick on the edge of the area. He turns back on the left wing and his opponent handles it as he makes a sliding challenge. Young will swing it in. 

3 mins: England look so calm in possession. Walker, Maguire and Stones are so confident on the ball no matter where they pick it up. Southgate deserves great credit for bringing in this philosophy and sticking by it. 

2 mins: England have lined up as we expected with Sterling supporting Kane in attack. Henderson is playing as the holding midfielder with Lingard and Alli either side of him. Game on. 

It looks like the smallest contingent of England fans yet. Maybe 2000. Smaller than Volgograd.

Gary Neville knows all about playing in the biggest games for club and country. 

Here’s his advice to the current crop of stars: ‘For all of them probably. It doesn’t get much bigger than England. You can play for clubs but the scrutiny that comes with it is different. Everyone’s watching and the players tonight need to show that tonight.’

FIFA have just introduced England legend Wes Brown to rally the England fans. Curiously it didn’t have much effect.


Ruby Mae, Dele Alli’s girlfriend, is at the Spartak Stadium along with Rebekah Vardy. 

They won’t be the only WAGs inside the stadium cheering on their other halves in what is a make-or-break game in Russia.

Both sides are out on the Spartak Moscow pitch as we have 20 minutes left until kick off. 

It seems like England fans are incredibly outnumbered as Colombia supporters are sitting in all four corners of the pitch. 

Gareth Southgate and team psychologist Pippa Grange looking on as England warm up. Steve Holland and conditioning coach Bryce Cavangh in the midst of things. Huge support for Colombia here, around two thirds of the stadium. And they appear to have tickets among the England allocation too.

Gary Lineker’s son – George – has decided to wear his dad’s shirt from the 1986 World Cup. Let’s hope it’s the lucky omen tonight. 

Let’s hope it doesn’t go that far but here’s a reminder who will be stepping up to take penalties if they are all on the pitch. 

Trippier, Kane, Young, Lingard and Henderson will be the men tasked with trying to be a national hero when they shoot from 12 yards. 

But as I said, let’s pray we get the business done within 90 minutes. 

Lee Dixon has compared Colombia losing James to England being unable to call on Harry Kane (hopefully this never happens!). 

James is widely known to be Colombia’s best player and will luckily not play any football tonight.

Dixon said of James: ‘Their best player isn’t on the pitch. He’s a proper player and he’s not there. That’s like us missing Harry Kane or someone like that.’

Here’s confirmation James Rodriguez, Colombia’s best player, is listed as ‘absent’ on the official teamsheet handed out by FIFA.  

We have just received an even bigger boost as James is not even on the bench. 

It was originally thought that he would be on the bench despite suffering with a calf injury but his manager has chosen not to risk him. 

Here’s their line-up: Ospina; Arias, Davinson, Mina, Mojica; Barrios, Sanchez, Lerma; Cuadrado, Quintero; Falcao

Southgate has once again put his faith in Sterling by starting the Manchester City star despite his recent below-par performances. 

Sterling’s goalscoring record of just two goals in 40 appearances does not replicate his club form. This could be the game when Sterling finally silences his doubters on the biggest stage in an England shirt. 

Jermaine Jenas believes the winner of tonight’s clash should be full of confidence when they face Sweden because they struggled to defeat Switzerland. 

He said before today’s game: ‘I actually think that the quality that England and Colombia have, they would relish playing against Sweden. Although this World Cup keeps surprising us.’

England may have lost against Belgium but Southgate is refusing to ditch his waistcoat as he continues to go for the stylish touchline look. 

Fabian Delph remains in England so will not be making an appearance from the bench. 

Southgate rates Delph highly because of his versatility so he will be a miss but the likes of Eric Dier and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also good midfield options from the bench.

England have arrived at the Otkrytiye Arena ahead of tonight’s game which gets underway at 7pm (UK time). 

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling the pressure from here so I’d hate to think how they feel. Hopefully they thrive on the big stage – only time will tell. 

Southgate has named the same side which opened the World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18. 

He keeps his faith in Pickford despite his failure to save Januzaj’s shot while Young is once again preferred to Rose. 

Alli returns from injury to start alongside Henderson and Lingard in midfield. 

England XI to face Colombia: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Young; Kane, Sterling

Diego Maradona has been invited to watch tonight’s game so let’s see if he’s on his best behaviour following his previous outings. 

Maradona has already nailed his colours to the mast by wearing a Colombia shirt so it seems he continues to be anti-England. 

Thanks Matt. Let’s hope we can follow Sweden into the last eight by beating Colombia tonight. I should have team news for you in around 30 minutes so sit back and relax as we preview the big game. 

To take you through the rest of the build up, and the match itself, here’s Anthony Hay.

One of the most poignant images of the World Cup so far were those of Colombian legends Carlos Valderrama and Rene Higuita embracing after their country’s victory against Japan to book Tuesday night’s knockout game against England.

For Valderrama in particular, the emotions were palpable nearly a quarter-of-a-century after he was directly affected by one of the World Cup’s most tragic stories, the murder of Andres Escobar, which is documented brilliantly in an ESPN film The Two Escobars.

It highlights in particular the brutal world of 1990s Medellin which saw the killing of the city’s major drug lord Pablo Escobar in 1993, followed a few months later by the gunning down of hometown footballer Andres Escobar, whose only ‘crime’ had been to score an own goal at the 1994 World Cup against the USA.

You can read the full feature (and watch the documentary) here.

The stage is set at the Spartak Stadium. Less than two hours until kick-off.

Turning back to this evening’s festivities, all the talk from England’s opponents tonight has been over whether James Rodriguez will be fit.

James – player of the tournament in 2014 – missed the opening defeat to Japan, was brilliant in the win over Poland, then limped off after 30 minutes against Senegal as Colombia topped Group H.

Will he play tonight? And if he does, will he be fit? It could be the deciding factor in Moscow.

Uruguay v France

Brazil v Belgium

Russia v Croatia

Sweden v Colombia or England

Just one place left to be decided…

They thought they had a penalty in the final seconds – Michael Lang of Switzerland was sent off for fouling last man Martin Olsson – but it was overruled when VAR showed the free kick was outside the area.

It doesn’t matter. Sweden have won 1-0 and are into the last eight of the World Cup for the first time since 1994.

Switzerland are out, having failed to score in a World Cup knockout match since 1954 (they’ve had four attempts since).

25 June 2006. England beat Ecuador 1-0 thanks to a David Beckham free kick in a turgid encounter to reach the World Cup quarter finals in Germany.

Few would have expected there to be at least a 12 year gap until England won another knockout match – but penalty agony against Portugal in ’06, a battering from Germany in ’10 and a failure to even make it out the group in ’14 have left England on a barren run.

England haven’t won a knockout game in the Euros either – meaning it will be a real monkey off their back if they can get past Colombia tonight.

Tonight, virtually every football-loving English child will be supporting Harry Kane and his team mates against Colombia – except for the children of one BBC reporter. 

Natalie Pirks, sports news correspondent for the corporation, is out in Russia covering the World Cup, with her husband Diego Rincon looking after their kids.

Rincon is Colombian, and – as Pirks revealed on Twitter – has been converting his children away from the country of their birth, with the help of his family. 

You can read the full story here.

Relations between the England team and the press pack have been pretty positive so far – there have been games of darts and everything after media conferences.

However the scrutiny of Southgate’s team has remained severe – something that the former England international expects and welcomes, rather than any temporary entente cordiale.

Speaking to the BBC about the scrutiny over his selections and tactical calls, Southgate said: ‘That’s the gig. When you are the England manager, that is what goes with it. I knew that when I took the role. If that’s going to be something that bothers you, then get out the pool.’

‘I’m not comfortable with the sort of love-in that I had in a couple of the media conferences. It’s not real, one result turns against and then all sorts of theories come out as to why that is and what should have happened. That’s where you have to stay firm as a leader.  We’re now into a knockout phase where we have to keep preparing the way we have right the way through this.

‘Nothing has changed from the start of the tournament, we are still an improving team. We’re not going to be perfect every time we play, but we’ve got a brilliant opportunity and it is an opportunity. That’s where we stand.’

Emil Forsberg’s shot from the edge of the area was tame and straight at the keeper – until Swiss defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a boot and deflected it into the top corner.

1-0 Sweden with just over 20 minutes to play. The winner faces England or Colombia, remember.

Follow the action from that game here.

It’s widely expected that Gareth Southgate will pick a side as close as possible to the one that started against Tunisia in England’s opening game.

That means the many players rested for the defeat to Belgium – Kane, Sterling, Lingard etc – will return to the starting line-up.

Also expected to return is Dele Alli, who has missed the last two games with a thigh injury.

Rebekah Vardy, wife of striker Jamie, has her England shirt on and is ready to support her husband’s team.

She posted this picture to Instagram, captioned ‘#teamengland’.

Not the easy side, because that denigrates some very fine nations left in the World Cup. But seriously, what an opportunity for these teams.

Of the six nations competing for one place in the final – Russia, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Colombia and England – they have won two World Cup knockout matches in the 21st century: England against Ecuador in 2006, Colombia against Uruguay in 2014.


There is of course one World Cup match currently going on – Sweden versus Switzerland, with the winner facing whoever triumphs this evening.

It’s 0-0 at half-time, both sides have missed good chances, both look a little nervous. It’s such a huge opportunity for two nations not used to going deep at the World Cup in recent years.

You can follow all the action live with Anthony Hay here. He’ll then be taking over from me in time for tonight’s England match. He’s a busy boy.

In three hours time, this game kicks off at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Thousands of English and Colombian fans have descended on the Russia capital, turning it into a sea of red, white and yellow.

The England squad meanwhile went for a light training session at CSKA Moscow this morning, before returning to their hotel to rest up.

Are we nervous yet? Dele Alli is still smiling. Good to see.

Three Lions on a shirt. Jules Rimet still gleaming. 52 years of hurt. Never stopped me dreaming.

England face Colombia tonight in the last round of 16 match at Russia 2018. It promises to be a very tough, evenly matched game.

Yet if England win, only Sweden or Switzerland, then Russia or Croatia, stand between them and the final on July 15.

It couldn’t happen. Could it?

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