Gareth Southgate says England have 'brilliant opportunity' to end knockout hoodoo

England will face the winner of Sweden v Switzerland if they beat Colombia

England will face the winner of Sweden v Switzerland if they beat Colombia

And, for all the talk of the draw opening up for the Three Lions in Russia, Southgate is determined this squad will be concentrating exclusively on the job in hand in Moscow.

Gareth Southgate has urged his England squad to "write their own stories" as they prepare to face Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup. It's one of the reasons why we did what we did [against Belgium], to give ourselves the best possible opportunity of doing that. "We mustn't lose sight of that".

England captain Harry Kane took over the captain's role from Jordan Henderson before the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup began. And a month before that we were driving back to our hotel in Malta with some obscene chants being thrown at us from supporters.

"He's desperate to support us but I think his focus needs to be with his family at this time", Southgate added.

Qualification for the last 16 was sealed with a game to spare after they followed up their last-gasp win against Tunisia with a ruthless display in the shellacking of Panama.

Not surprisingly, manager Gareth Southgate says his team have been working on penalties. "They are young. They are inexperienced".

"We have to concentrate one game at a time".

Speaking about what he learned from his first major tournament experience in France, Kane said: "For me, it's to stay away from the hype of it all".

"I'm really pleased with his performances", the England boss told talkSPORT. "I think the supporters know what the most important thing is".

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"I'm slightly concerned, because as a centre-half who took a lot of knocks to the head I'm not normally synonymous with being a fashion icon", he joked.

'There'a been a little bit of research done to show that English players are quick to the ball when the whistle goes.

"Martin Thomas, who's a brilliant coach educator now, was under-21 goalkeeping coach and was talking about the difference between goalkeepers".

But the England manager later opted against appearing in a documentary about Euro 96, hosted by ex-team mate Alan Shearer, because he did not want to talk about his miss. "You can't wait to get out there", he remarked.

Sterling has scored only twice for his country in 40 caps, the last of which came against Estonia on October 9, 2015.

"No, I'm glad he kept me on", Alli said.

"It's the World Cup - put it in the back of the net, go insane". It's just about getting - not everybody is penalty takers for their clubs.

Note: There's 35 answers below but it's only 23 players, as several courageous souls stepped up more than once - including two players who've done it three times.

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