Gareth Southgate: England manager believes team has connected with fans

It’s been incredible the best I’ve been involved in’- Belgium’s Martinez on Russia World Cup

‘It’s been incredible, the best I’ve been involved in’ - Belgium’s Martinez on Russia World Cup

England and Colombia will be aware that spot-kicks are a very realistic possibility for them to face, and Manchester United striker Rashford maintains he will definitely step up, despite having never taken a senior penalty.

Tuesday, they'll have to step on the pitch and face a risky Colombia team that many are overlooking, but if England make that mistake, they'll face an early trip home from Russian Federation and again let down a nation that is just again beginning to believe in its national team.

"I think they are relishing that chance, the energy in training today was really good. we are viewing the game as one against an opponent we really respect".

While England's players believe they can lift the trophy, there appears little chance of them looking too far ahead as their last taste of knockout football ended with a humiliating loss to Iceland.

The England skipper sat at the top of the World Cup goal charts after hitting the net five times in just two matches as the Three Lions booked a last-16 meeting with the South Americans in Moscow on Tuesday.

His career was overshadowed by the penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final shoot-out against Germany, but he has used that to back up his message to the current squad not to leave the pitch Tuesday with any regrets.

Falcao scored his first ever World Cup goal during the group stages, and has been enjoying somewhat of a career resurgence of late.

Stones was pictured on the England bench with heavy strapping and ice around his left calf during the second half of the game against Belgium on Thursday.

"The players have been able to change perceptions of how an England team might play", Southgate told BBC Sport.

England made a positive impression in the early stages of the tournament in Russian Federation and are now looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006. For some of them, this will be one of the biggest games they'll have been involved in.

"He knows the belief I have in him".

"We will focus on the game and our performance and everything will fall into place from there". I'm confident in myself and what's meant to be will be. "I think it's stupid not to practise, especially at this stage of the tournament".

He said: "Of course I will put my name forward".

He said: "We are trying to psychologically prepare the team, get them in the right moment".

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