Gareth Southgate: Young England side 'hungry' to go as far as possible

Jordan Pickford of England reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium

The efforts made by England to improve their penalty shootout record appeared to have paid off on Tuesday night, July 3 when the Three Lions sunk Colombia 4-3 on penalties to advance to the last 8.

This is England's first ever win in a World Cup shootout.

Southgate's confidence about penalties is somewhat surprising given England had only won one shootout in their history - but this was reward for months after hard work and preparation. The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight.

"We have two lads from our town who are key players for England".

He then goes on to show off his vocal skills once more with a modified version of "Don't cry for me Argentina".

"We've no reason to believe they're serious issues".

England had researched Colombia's penalty takers beforehand and Pickford said: "We had a fair feeling, and Falcao was the only one who didn't go his usual way".

England had 1990, when it surpassed by 3-2 the tournament darling, Cameroon, in a quarterfinal in Naples behind penalty kicks in the 83rd and 105th minutes from Gary Lineker, by now known to a fresh generation as a television presenter with a natural omnipresence.

"I am really proud of the way my team played", Southgate said.

The England manager knew that practice could only help, that preparing his players technically and psychologically for the moment was an investment of time and resources that might be rewarded.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said the stoppages caused by Neymar's antics stalled his team during their 2-0 last-16 loss to Brazil, claiming the Paris Saint-Germain forward's reaction to Miguel Layun stepping on his leg was a "shame for football".

"I've been criticised for going with my top hand, but as long as you save it, that's all that counts", said Pickford after silencing his critics.

It also beat England's narrow win over Tunisia, which peaked with 18.3M and a 69% share.

"It's coming home." That's the sentence that any English football fan will respond with if you ask them about England's chances in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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