Sport Southgate describes shoot-out win as ‘special moment’

04:55  04 july  2018
04:55  04 july  2018 Source:   football365.com

Pickford's cheeky penalty preparation revealed

  Pickford's cheeky penalty preparation revealed Jordan Pickford had a special water bottle covered with details of every Colombian player's penalty habits to help him play a decisive role in England's historic World Cup shoot-out victory, it has been revealed. The Everton goalkeeper made a tremendous one-handed save to deny Carlos Bacca during the nerve-wracking spot-kicks on Tuesday night, allowing Eric Dier to step up and book the Three Lions' place in the quarter-final.

Gareth Southgate celebrates with staff as England progress to the last eight. Gareth Southgate insists he knew England would get over the line during a dramatic penalty shoot - out victory over Colombia. After a 1-1 draw on the night in Moscow, England prevailed 4-3 on penalties, their first shootout win

Gareth Southgate lets it all out after England’s shootout win over Colombia in the World Cup last-16 match in Moscow. Photograph: Kieran McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock. As the fans dispersed from Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, Gareth Southgate shared a special moment with his wife, Alison

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates with Harry Kane after the penalty shootout © REUTERS/Carl Recine England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates with Harry Kane after the penalty shootout

Gareth Southgate described England's 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia in the last-16 of the World Cup as a "special moment".The Three Lions went ahead in the second-half when Harry Kane scored a penalty before Yerry Mina equalised for Colombia in the dying moments of the match to make it 1-1 and take the game to extra-time.Penalties would eventually decide the match when extra-time couldn't separate the teams and after a Jordan Pickford save, Eric Dier stepped up to score the winning kick.

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  England vs Sweden: Predicted England's starting XI England’s first penalty shoot-out win on the World Cup stage gave the country an added injection of confidence before they face Sweden on Saturday for a place in the semi-final. Although England showed huge character against a physical Colombian side, questions will still be asked about their performance in an attacking sense. England failed to create many chances against Colombia and with Dele Ali picking up a recurring thigh knock during that game, he is likely to be rested. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has impressed off the bench, will be the prime candidate to start. Jamie Vardy is also highly doubtful to feature at all, as reports have revealed he picked up a groin injury towards the end of extra time, meaning Eric Dier took the final penalty.

This is the moment Gareth Southgate conducted jubilant England fans in a post-match singalong. A first penalty shoot - out win in 22 years sends the Three Lions into the World Cup quarter-finals.

the players and coaching staff as England clinched their first shoot - out win since Euro 1996. And Southgate praised his side's fighting spirit, saying: 'They have created their own story and made 'Tonight's a special moment but now I'm thinking about Sweden,' he said. 'This was special but I

"Fantastic," Southgate said to ITV. "I think we deserved it as well. We played so well in the 90 minutes, We showed resilience to come back from huge disappointment and kept calm. It's huge credit to all our players and staff.

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"Shootouts are tough. We had talked long and hard about owning the process of a shootout. They kept calm. The players have taken it all on board, it's a special moment for us.

"We looked at technique, how we needed to be as a team, the goalkeeper's role. A special moment but now I'm thinking about Sweden.

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"This was special but I want us to go on. Sweden is another team we have a poor record against. We have underestimated them for years.

'I spoke to the lads today and none of us fancied going home yet': Gareth Southgate says England are desperate for World Cup odyssey to continue

  'I spoke to the lads today and none of us fancied going home yet': Gareth Southgate says England are desperate for World Cup odyssey to continue In the aftermath of victory over Sweden, Southgate acknowledged that persuading the players to buy into his vision of what England could achieve was crucial to how they are playing now. 'I said to them that having success with England would be so much bigger than any success with their clubs,' said Southgate. 'That is maybe starting to register now.

A special moment but now I'm thinking about Sweden. Gareth Southgate was overjoyed after England beat Colombia on penalties tonight. England Player Ratings: Jordan Pickford the hero in penalty shootout win over Colombia.

Gareth Southgate celebrates with staff as England progress to the last eight. Gareth Southgate insists he knew England would get over the line during a dramatic penalty shoot - out victory over Colombia. After a 1-1 draw on the night in Moscow, England prevailed 4-3 on penalties, their first shootout win

"We didn't rise to it which was brilliant, in general. A couple of times we lost our cool. It was an away game, to deal with it all was exceptional.

"They have created their own story and made history. I don't want to go home yet."

Player ratings: Pickford the hero as England progress (Read Sport)

Things we learned after England defeat Colombia on penalties: England won their first knockout game at a major tournament since 2006 by defeating Colombia in a penalty shootout.Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty after Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca and England will now face Sweden in the quarter-final.After a tense first-half in which neither side created too much, Colombia versus England sparked into life in the second period.Colombia’s aggressive defensive style led to Kane being bundled to the ground in the penalty area and despite the best antics of his opponents, the England captain stepped up and slotted the spot-kick home with ease.The only real moment of note in the first-half was Wílmar Barrios getting a bit lucky not to get sent off when he appeared to headbutt Jordan Henderson, but he was only booked.Colombia tried to get England’s blood boiling in the second half with constant fouls, protests and general foul play and Gareth Southgate’s men had to deal with that.Bar one mistake from Kyle Walker, England never really looked threatened and it looked like the only way they were going to lose was if they lost their heads.However, a wonderful save from Jordan Pickford gave Colombia a corner kick in stoppage time and Yerry Mina was able to rise highest and nod home, with the ball bouncing over Kieran Trippier’s head.The game went to extra-time and Colombia were the better side in the first period. England looked rattled but they regrouped in the second-half, although neither side really looked like scoring and the game went to penalties and for once, England came out on top. Colombia 1-1 England AET (3-4 on pens): England Player Ratings

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Cahill set for talks over his international future .
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed he will hold talks with Gareth Southgate for clarification over his international future. The London Evening Standard reports that Cahill will speak to the England boss after struggling to make a mark on the World Cup in Russia. The Chelsea defender has failed to feature for England thus far but is being tipped to play against Belgium in the World Cup third-place match. “It is a good conversation for me to have with the manager in the coming month or so. Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that. I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possible game I can play in the times I have been selected.” “I have never pulled out with any half injury or looked to put my club before my country. If I’m selected [to play against Belgium], I will go out there and give everything I’ve got.” Cahill is due to turn 33 at the end of the year and now sees his place in the squad under threat. There were some concerns over whether or not Cahill would make the World Cup squad. The 32-year-old fell out of favour at Chelsea in the second half of the season, but an impressive end to the season saw him earn a place in Southgate’s squad. However, Cahill has not been helped by the emergence of Harry Maguire, who alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker, has impressed in a back three.

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