England beat Colombia on penalties to reach quarterfinals

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   POWER There are fears of a UK power surge as England take on Colombia

GETTY POWER There are fears of a UK power surge as England take on Colombia

England had researched Colombia's penalty takers beforehand and Pickford said: "We had a fair feeling, and (Radamel) Falcao was the only one who didn't go his (usual) way". For example, check out David Beckham's miss against Portugal in a Euro 2004 quarterfinal for evidence; that one went so high and wide that it nearly cleared the roof of the stand.

"But then when we won the penalties that was the best moment in the history of English football".

Amid frayed tempers and the heat of the occasion, Kane kept a cool head, directing his penalty high and into the centre of the net with Arsenal's goalkeeper David Ospina diving to the right. "If I was a betting man I'd put your mortgage on it". A team of young players with smiles on their faces and a spring in their step and the belief that it does not always have to be the way it has always been. "We carried on, we believed and, in the shootout, we have some great takers". This time it was Italy who did the deed, knocking England out of EURO 2012...

They then pushed England all the way in Tuesday's tempestuous 1-1 draw in Moscow, until Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to find the target from the spot. The Everton No. 1 admitted that it was not by chance that he made the crucial block.

"Me boy is a fuckin' hero", he shouts repeatedly at the screen, pointing to Pickford buried under a pile of jubilant England bodies.

"If we get through tonight I think we'll go all the way". "You've got to hand it to him".

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Fans in The George Wallis went from biting their nails to leaping up and down, hugging and finally belting out Three Lions in chorus after Eric Dier's crucial spot kick.

Typical of Southgate, he made sure the postgame narrative was about his successful players rather than his own personal penalty demons being exorcised.

They seemed to against Colombia, even as the game turned chippy and the referee, Mark Geiger of the United States, started using his yellow card. "To tell you the truth, the process leaves a lot of doubts".

The Burnley fan, who has attended every Three Lions game so far, said: "It'll be tougher than everyone expects - they've got some really good individual players and as we've seen by the opening fixtures in the round of 16 so far, anything can happen".

As fans in the stadium in Moscow and across the country back home celebrated the incredible success, Southgate's leading lady and wife of over 20 years Alison was among the first to shower him with praise.

England have long-been the advocates of the 4-4-2 formation which many now consider to be out-dated.

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