MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez sounded a warning on Saturday
that when his side play England on Monday for a place in the
World Cup quarterfinals they will have to be wary of more than
just England striker Harry Kane.
Kane leads the race
for this World Cup’s Golden Boot award with 5 of England’s eight
goals to date, but Sanchez who spent two seasons in England with
Aston Villa warned his companions that England have more weapons
in their armoury than just the forward.
“He is an emblem for
England and he highlights their quality at this World Cup, but
we will not face him alone, we will be against the entire
England side and they have a lot of stars,” Sanchez said.
actually won a game in the knockout stage of a major tournament
since beating Ecuador in 2006, but Sanchez still respects what
they have done in the game.
England is a team
with a lot of history, they are very well-organized, and they
have plyers who are dangerous in attack as they have shown here.
They are a well-worked team,” commented the midfielder nicknamed
Sanchez tried to
pass the pressure over to England saying Colombia were “not
favorites, they (England) invented football, they have a lot of
history and players with a lot of quality.”
“However, I am sure
we have our strengths, England have shown what they have, but we
also have our things,” he concluded.
Colombia and history for place in quarter-finals
By Sportswriter Paul Giblin MOSCOW
Russia (Xinhua) -- England will try
and overcome the weight of history when they face Colombia in
the last 16 of the World Cup in Moscow on Monday while the
Colombians will attempt to repeat their feats of four years ago
by securing a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament for
the second time in succession.
England changed nine
of their outfield players as they lost to Belgium in their last
group game and coach Gareth Southgate will know if that was the
right policy as he looks to lead England to their first win in
the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time
since the defeated Ecuador at the same stage in 2006.
Soouthgate has all
his squad available except for Fabia Delph, who flew back to the
UK on Friday for the birth of his third child, with Dele Ali
expected to replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield after a calf
strain saw him sidelined against Panama and Belgium.
John Stones should
have no problems playing in defense after he was seen with an
ice-bag on his calf after being substituted at half time against
Belgium with Southgate saying that had always been his
Harry Kane will be
England’s main danger with the leader of the race for the 2018
Golden Boot looking to add to the 5 goals he scored in the first
two matches. England have shown themselves to be a huge threat
from set pieces with 6 of the 8 goals they have scored in Russia
scored from dead-ball situations.
Colombia will look
to big central defender Yerry Mina to counteract that threat and
the Barcelona stopper has scored two goals himself following set
pieces taken by Juan Quintero, who along with Juan Cuadrado
could find himself tasked with providing Colombia’s creative
play if James Rodriguez is unfit.
James has been
struggling with a muscle problem all competition and had to be
replaced after just 30 minutes in Colombia’s last game against
Senegal and his loss would be a major blow to the the South
Hopes are high among
the English and even more so with a possible quarter-final
against Sweden or Switzerland, but to reach the quarters they
need first to get past Colombia ... and 12 years of