England vs Colombia
Will England’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium came back to haunt the Three Lions on Tuesday night at the World Cup?
England qualified for the last-16 in second place in their group. As a result, Gareth Southagte’s men will face Colombia in the first knockout round in Russia.
Had England topped their group above Belgium they’d have taken on Japan instead.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez boost
As reported in the Telegraph on Sunday, the chances of James Rodriguez playing for Colombia against England have been boosted.
James was subbed out of Colombia’s match with Senegal with a muscle injury.
Everyone has since been wondering whether the attacking midfielder will be fit for Colombia’s next match with the Three Lions.
In a huge boost to the South Americans, the Colombian Football Federation have issued a positive statement on Saturday night on the Bayern Munich star:
James Rodríguez underwent a scan today which showed that he is suffering from minor edema (swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid) in his right leg, but that there has been no muscle tear.
Of course, just because James has avoided a muscle tear, that doesn’t mean he’ll be fit for England. But his chances have been significantly improved.
— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) June 28, 2018
Graeme Souness on Harry Kane
From Colombia’s talisman to England’s…
In his weekly column in the Sunday Times, Graeme Souness has questioned England’s reliance on Tottenham striker Harry Kane:
I have noted before how reliant England are on Harry Kane. That is far from ideal but that reliance is not going to recede between now and July 15. The only way England can advance in the knockout stage is with Kane in the line-up.
Kane is the top scorer at the World Cup with five goals.