England's World Cup win over Colombia was "theft", says Diego Maradona

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"It was a hard situation to be in, but one we overcame and can be proud of". "We'll know more over the next 36 hours", he said. Having been rested last time out, he will come roaring back here with a thirst for more goals.

England will play Sweden at the Samara Arena at 3pm on Saturday.

But the bare facts are that England have been in one final ever.

"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend, and they can defend in their own box as well". They are subject to situations which shouldn't really be present in football.

Now bookmakers say England, unfancied at the start of the tournament in Russian Federation, are second favourites to win the 2018 World Cup, behind five-times winners Brazil. Will the Three Lions win a first knock-out match for 12 years?

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Diego Maradona offered to coach his national team for free after their failure at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The win sees England move on to the quarters where it will face Sweden, while Colombia goes home.

So why are Gareth Southgate's side automatically going to be any different? Neville likened the current euphoria to 1990 when explaining why England should fancy their chances after accepting second place in their group. "There is a lot of confusion with this type of play".

Maradona and Falcao clearly felt different and weren't the first to complain about Geiger during this tournament.

Uribe's effort hit the bar before team-mate Carlos Bacca's strike was saved by Jordan Pickford and Eric Dier scored the decisive spot kick as England won 4-3 on penalties in the round of 16 clash in Moscow on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time). "Tomorrow's game I only can say that it is handsome to be here to play against England and all our players are very well prepared".

His desire comes eight years after the 57-year-old former Napoli star coached Argentina in which they were sent out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by Germany.

"It was a top-class save, I'm surprised he could reach it given his height", Southgate said with a wry smile.

"The final score showed the English winning, but they were booed off the field by many in the crowd of 34,520".

Incredibly, someone has logged on to change.org and started a petition to try and get FIFA, the world football governing body, to replay the game.

He should also be given credit for insisting his players practice penalties, even bringing in a psychologist to help them, after a succession of his predecessors wrote the whole process off as a lottery beyond their control. "So, it's nice to get that one off our back and we'll have huge belief moving forward".

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