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Colombia midfielder Sanchez: England are more than Kane   

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.

England haven’t 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 ‘The Rock’.

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.



England against 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 intention.

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 Americans.

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 disappointment.

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