Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Gareth Southgate admits knives will be out if England lose to Colombia

Gareth Southgate admits knives will be out if England lose to Colombia

"If I do have the opportunity to get back I will". 90min look at England's World Cup hopes.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes England may have seriously miscalculated if they think they have gained a smoother World Cup passage by finishing runners-up in their group.

Their B team's defeat to Belgium has got them a second-round game against Colombia and beyond that - if there is a beyond that - a place in the favourable half of the draw.

We are down to the last two groups tonight when G and H are decided and the final four teams of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup last 16 go through.

Sportsmail understands Kane was desperate to play in the final Group G clash in Kaliningrad as he sought to stretch his lead in the race for the Golden Boot. The organization has surprised everyone, I think it's given an incredible image of the Russian people, of Russia in general.

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Rashford played in the 1-0 loss to Belgium but was a substitute in England's first two games when Sterling started.

In Samara, Senegal v Colombia is a winner-takes-all affair but the Africans ($4.75) only need a draw ($3.75) against the South Americans ($2) to keep their run in Russian Federation going and become the continent's only representative in the last 16.

"However, from here if we don't reach the semi-finals you have to class it as disappointing".

He featured heavily in the remainder of the qualifying campaign but when the tournament came around, he was unused sub in all four games England played. That ensured Colombia and England would meet in Moscow on Tuesday. "I thought they had the better controlled possession, and the better chances in the first half", said Soutgate. "We lost once, and the others were a draw and, going back before that, Sweden have beaten England in big games".

Eriksson believes that his former team have messed it up, and in his opinion they are now on a more hard side of the draw. At Elland Road on June 7, after they took their time breaking down Costa Rica, Southgate said he had encouraged his players to talk about their lives and the challenges they had faced.

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