Henderson admits he may be off penalty duty after Colombia miss

Henderson admits he may be off penalty duty after Colombia miss

Darren Sullivan
July 6, 2018

Back in England, 25-year-old Kezsa Mitchell said she was trying to book time off work with her fiance to travel to Russian Federation after being assured by other supporters there had been no issues with safety or fan violence.

England came into the World Cup with low expectations from their fans and much talk of building for the future but as they face a quarter-final with Sweden on Saturday, manager Gareth Southgate says this generation might not get a better chance to triumph.

"They are still a young group of players.so it was really significant, because we can't just be a team that goes out and plays", Southgate said, referring to the rough-house nature of the tie which Mark Geiger, the American referee, struggled to control.

From a public relations standpoint, England's Russian summer has been a runaway triumph at home - with the bond between supporters and players rebuilt after a few rocky years.

A mouth-watering quarter-final against Sweden now awaits in Samara this Saturday - an occasion Southgate is not taking for granted but believes could become an increasingly regular occurrence given England's talent.

"Because Sweden are often underestimated and I have real respect for Sweden".

"The lads would always be prepared to risk injury for these games but that can't be at the detriment of the performance", Southgate said.

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Sky Sports have reported that Alli will train on Thursday with England to give them a fitness boost, with Jamie Vardy the only serious doubt for the Sweden showdown. I think sometimes around major tournaments the relationships between our guys and the media has been a bit confrontational and I don't think it has to be that way.

"We've got to check Ashley's, which is more of an ankle".

"Sometimes you can get too bogged down with messages from staff, players, wanting you to do things, play certain passe and you can't really express yourself.

I think it will be 3-2 to England".

"But, as a team, the way they work together, they are one of the best. So we enjoy but then we go again".

Jordan Pickford proved the hero for England by superbly punching away Carlos Bacca's fifth penalty for Colombia, teeing up Eric Dier to clinch victory.

Garcia, who played 20 games for Spain, feels there are similarities between England and his nation's successful 2010 outfit.