Peter Crouch has his say on historic night for England

Thank god

Former England star Peter Crouch has had his say on a historic night which saw England win their first ever penalty shootout in a World Cup.

The Stoke City forward has been there for England and it isn’t an easy task to put aside the pressure and step up when it matters.

Though, no one could stop a young three lions side who overcome a very late scare in the game against Colombia.

Jordan Pickford was the hero of the night but Eric Dier’s penalty made sure that Gareth Southgate’s side went marching on.

Jordan Pickford

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 03: Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Nerves

Safe to say, it wasn’t an easy game to watch and Peter Crouch didn’t realise just how bad it would be!

“I knew it was going to be a horrible game,” he explained in his Daily Mail column. 

“It is always a fight when you play South American teams, but it was worse than I imagined.

“So thank God for the way it ended! There is something different about England and I am delighted we have got through to the quarter-finals. It was absolutely what they deserved.

“There were points when it looked like we were going to get sucked into Colombia’s dirty tricks — I’ve never seen stamping on a penalty spot before — and it was a very difficult period after they had equalised in injury time through the first period of extra time.

“But we held our nerve all the way through, and nobody more than Harry Kane.

“On Monday I wrote a column about how past penalty failures would not haunt this England team.

“They emphatically showed that history is not a burden.

“Why can’t they keep on making it now?

Diego Maradona slams referee after England beat Colombia

It wouldn’t be an England game without drama and there was no shortage of it yesterday.

Now, Diego Maradona has had his say on the referee.

Click here to find out what he had to say about England and the decisions. 

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