All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England


"We will give everything for our country and take strength from the support". Colombia's players might have thought the same, presumably, about Jordan Pickford.

With James Rodriguez not fit enough to start, Colombia tasted defeat in their opener.

The Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup lasted only 30 minutes in their 1-0 victory over Senegal that saw them advance through the group stage.

Luis Muriel, who had replaced James against Senegal, was an option once more should the attacking midfielder be ruled out.

While defensive midfielder Abel Alguilar is likely to be available again after sustaining an injury to his left abductor against Poland, Pekerman is likely to opt again for the pairing of Carlos Sanchez and Mateus Uribe in front of the defense.

England's opponents are, on paper at least, easier - Sweden or Switzerland await in the last eight - and they face less travelling should they progress.

It's the final Round of 16 clash - and it's the big one as far as England fans are concerned.

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While England were able to rest eight players for their last group game against Belgium, Colombia had to fight to the last minute to get past Senegal after losing their opening match to Japan. Colombia has scored five goals in the tournament, with Yerry Mina getting two, and Falcao, Quintero and Cuadrado each with a single goal. Thus, if Harry Kane finds a net against the Colombians then he will become the first player, since 1939, to score a goal in six consecutive matches.

"We have done a lot of work on them", England right back Kieran Trippier said.

Expected Crowd Turnout: With its last hosting in this FIFA World Cup 208, Spartak Stadium is expected to be a jam-packed affair, as Colombia meet England, with a total crowd attendance of 44,800.

Panama were demolished by a clinical England side before Gareth Southgate chose to rest majority of the starters for the match against Belgium.

Best World Cup finish: Champion, 1966. Substitutes will be the key to winning this game and there is more quality coming from England's side of the dugout.

What England is trying to do is advance beyond the round of 16 for the first time since 2006, when it reached the quarterfinals.

England, who won the World Cup in 1966, have a awful record in major tournaments, and have not won a knockout match since they beat Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup.