England has thus far clawed their way into the round of 16 but they are now in a situation which they are so very familiar with. It’s the knockout stages that have often knocked the stuffing out of the country’s fans. So as yet another English team enter the territory let’s take a look at how far this team can actually go and if they will yet again disappoint the fans.

Just how good is this team?

This is a question that is yet to be answered. The three lions have played Tunisia and Panama and have managed to easily brush them aside, however, a second string team lost to Belgium but that really doesn’t show what they are capable of simply because of almost the entirety of the squad will not feature in their original starting team. As their manager said, England cannot be considered as a big team in the tournament unless they manage to beat a big team in the tournament. His worlds cannot be truer as this young English team gets ready to put an end to a record that sums up England’s performance in major tournaments – England hasn’t managed to win a single knockout game in major tournaments since 2006. If they are to go further in the competition it becomes important they provide some evidence for the hype that is built around them and the optimism of their fans at home and in Russia.

The Columbian threat

Led by their inspirational captain Falcao, the Columbians will fancy their chances as much as England themselves. They have a team with the right mix of youth and experience and depend on their solidarity at the back and the magic feet of James Rodriguez to trouble opposition teams.
Falcao will have an added motivation to prove to the England fans what they have missed out on after he flopped with Manchester United and Chelsea.

The world cup of opportunity for this young English team?

England finished second in Group G behind Belgium which has given them a potentially more dangerous opponent than Japan, however, after last night, no team can be considered better than another before a ball has been kicked. But if u had told Southgate he would be playing Columbia for a potential quarterfinal game against Sweden or Switzerland, he would have taken it with his eyes closed.

England have been presented with their best opportunity to reach a World Cup semi-final since they last reached one at Italia 90.

And it all goes back to that original question, Are England good enough to take it?

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