An impressive victory over Senegal sealed Colombia’s passage into the last 16. However, Pekerman is likely to be without his talisman James Rodriguez. The golden boot winner from the last edition has been struggling for fitness throughout the tournament and the South Americans will have to find a creative outlet elsewhere to progress past the English.
England find themselves in an enviable position to make it all the way to the finals. They are on the easier side of the draw to make it to finals in Russia. Southgate faced backlash for not trying to win their game against Belgium and he will know nothing less than a win will suffice for the Three Lions. The fans are buoyant and believe that this young side can go all the way to glory.
Colombia: David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Carlos Sanchez, Mateus Uribe; Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Luis Muriel; Radamel Falcao
England: Jordan Pickford; Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ashley Young; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane
Colombia: Clearly the entire nation will be fretting over the fitness of one man. Though James Rodriguez is declared fit, it is highly unlikely that he will feature in this game. Muriel will take his place in the eleven with the creative burden completely resting on Quintero. Falcao has not exactly set the world cup on fire and will be keen to make a mark against the Three Lions.
England: Southgate rested many of his key players in the final group game against Belgium. They should be fresh and raring to go. Dele Alli is fit once again and could replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the lineup. Sterling will once again partner Kane in the attack.
Top Funtasy Picks
Harry Kane: Harry Kane is leading the race for Golden Boot and is absolutely an automatic choice in any fantasy team. Kane has been poaching goals for fun this tournament and the English captain is your best bet to get on the score sheet.
Yerry Mina: Yerry Mina could be your punt choice for this game. The Barcelona defender has already got on the score sheet in Russia and will once again be a threat in a set piece situation. These kinds of matches are often cagey and Mina has an excellent chance to pick up points for a clean sheet.
Juan Quintero: Quintero’s football career has been a roller coaster ride. However, he has found his mojo back at the right time for the South Americans. His passes have been slicing through defences like butter through a knife. In the absence of James, it will be Quintero who will look to break the three-man defence of England. He has racked up multiple assists and scored a sublime free kick in Russia so far.