Striker Harry Kane, the English captain, who has made it clear he's more than willing to put this team on his back in this tournament, has a prolific six goals off just nine shots and now leads the World Cup's race for the Golden Boot, the award given to the player with the most goals over the course of the month.
In attack, they lack the world-class edge that Zlatan Ibrahimovic once brought but they are big and strong and keep pumping balls into the box until one falls right for them. "England win on penalties (Yes really!)", the paper said.
Ronaldo's comments came as fans and pundits, many of them Brazilians, hit out at what they saw as play-acting by English players in their shootout win over Colombia.
England will play against Sweden while hosts Russian Federation square off against Croatia on July 7 at 7pm and 11pm respectively.
"During my time with England we met them four times".
Brazil sits as +300 tournament favourites following their 2-0 shutout of Mexico as -200 chalk, while Belgium rides high following their 3-2 victory over Japan on -275 odds.
Up front, Mauro Icardi should finally get his chance to represent his country at a major tournament alongside new Inter teammate Lautaro Martinez, who has already been earmarked as the possible future saviour of Argentine football. However, the Blue and Yellow can not be taken lightly after keeping clean sheets in each of their three wins to date, capped by a 1-0 victory over Switzerland as +225 underdogs to earn their first quarterfinal berth since 1994.
The post mortem has been well underway ever since the final whistle blew on Argentina's thrilling 4-3 last 16 World Cup exit at the hands of a ruthless French outfit on Saturday afternoon.
While Neymar will likely hog the limelight, this game may well hinge on the battle for possession and space in central midfield.
Uruguay on the other hand have scored also scored 7 goals at the World Cup with Edinson Cavani scoring three goals for them.