Gareth Southgate: 'England have a brilliant opportunity to reach quarter-finals'

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 will train in Repino on Monday before travelling to Moscow ahead of Tuesday's match against Colombia at the city's Spartak Stadium.

After finishing second in their group, Southgate's England team will face the victor of Tuesday's game between Switzerland and Sweden in the last eight if they can beat Colombia.

Yet England's extensive preparations, which have been formally ongoing since March and have been a daily feature of their sessions at their Zelenogorsk base camp, have left him full of belief that he should be on Gareth Southgate's list of takers.

England have been practising penalties since March. "Maybe if I played [against Belgium] and didn't score, I'd be thinking, "I didn't score in the last game", but I'm coming off the back of a hat-trick and I'm ready to go in a very important game for us". That shouldn't change now we are in the knockout phase.

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"For this team, this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them", said Southgate.

"Ten months ago we qualified for the World Cup by beating Slovenia and people were throwing paper airplanes on to the pitch at Wembley".

Retailer Marks & Spencer, which supplies the England team's official World Cup suit, said sales were up 35% "across all our waistcoats".

Needless to say, England supporters and football fans in general have taken to Twitter to slate Merson for his over-confidence and his dismissiveness of the Colombians.

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"The best teams around the world, the players playing against each other". Most recently, they were eliminated from Euro 2012 by Italy. There are the players who take penalties regularly, who have their own routine and who are able to change depending on the goalkeeper, and others who don't take them as regularly and need to practice one or two stock penalties.

"I think he knows the players who are confident in those circumstances". I have a very strong partnership with Davinson Sanchez and Kane will not have an easy time against us.

He said: "We have to focus on the game tomorrow". I think that's why we've done well.

"Really impressive. I've been involved in the last two World Cups every day and knowing the logistics and knowing how the organization works, I must admit this World Cup is far the best that I have been involved in", Martinez said.

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