World Cup 'dirty' Colombia act v England missed by referee


The England-Colombia World Cup match was at times an ugly game, with Colombia slapped with six yellow cards to England's two.

Southgate insisted Dier remained a vastly important member of his squad when he sat alongside him on the eve of that group encounter with Belgium and so it proved, the midfielder he once described as his tactical sounding board performing the role of saviour inside the Spartak Stadium. But, their belief and ability to change the result of the match with one magical moment is something that is what has seen them prevail so far.

Dele Alli is fit against and has been cleared for the encounter against Colombia.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg - who has been working with ITV during their coverage of the World Cup - believes the referee made the incorrect decision and that Barrios should have seen red.

Colombia 0 - 1 England.

Watch a preview of the Colombia vs. England Round of 16 clash in the video below, courtesy of ESPN FC. Both teams started to lose their composure late in the first half, and Colombia, in particular, continued after the break, with a ton of dirty fouls and bookings to follow. Cool as you like, he hit the back of the net, sending the ball past David Ospina in the Columbia goal and sending the whole of England wild.

With James watching on in the first row, Colombia gained more control but managed no more than an attempt from the distance by Johan Mojica which went way high.

The Colombia camp are crossing their fingers over the fitness of James Rodriguez, the top-scorer at the World Cup four years ago, who limped off in their last group match against Senegal with what appeared to be a recurrence of a groin injury. Colombia has scored five goals in the tournament, with Yerry Mina getting two, and Falcao, Quintero and Cuadrado each with a single goal.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), and Nick Pope (Burnley).

Substitutes not used: 13 Jack Butland (Stoke City), 14 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), 15 Gary Cahill (Chelsea), 16 Phil Jones (Manchester United), 21 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), 22 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), 23 Nick Pope (Burnley).

Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard will be assigned roles to roam, disrupt and create space and distraction for Harry Kane to exploit upfront.

- Till date, England have never lost a game against Colombia. He's still the leading scorer at the World Cup.

England will next play Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Samara. If you don't have cable you can stream it via Hulu with Live TV, or fuboTV.

- The English don't enjoy an overwhelming record in knockout stages at World Cup.

By then the majority of his players had been out to, again to applaud England's supporters but also to celebrate with their families.