Jordan Pickford gets the upper hand to vindicate England coach Southgate
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jul 06, 2018,
Jul 06, 2018, 18:25
The World Cup, which has thrown up a number of surprises during the tournament, has been a boon for British broadcasters.
"I didn't really think about the history of (England's penalty heartbreak) because we were so well prepared", Dier said.
Ryan, a 25-year-old from Bedfordshire, said he had hoped to watch England play Belgium in their final group match last week, but family and work commitments meant he couldn't travel at short notice.
They'll be expected to win and progress to the semifinals to play the victor of Russian Federation and Croatia, but they know the Swedes will be no easy contest, with the Three Lions beating them only twice in their last 15 meetings with the side.
"So Kyle had got himself really down, saying, "I might as well pack it in".
Jordan Pickford made a stunning save deep into added time to deny Mateus Uribe's speculative long-range drive, but from the resulting corner Yerry Mina got above Harry Maguire to head home and draw the South Americans level at 1-1.
Southgate also sounded a note of caution about Sweden, whose current Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking of 24 places them 12 behind England and eight below Colombia.
"If I was putting that thing I would have missed, 100 per cent". I think every team will be in the same boat on that.
"It was a night when I knew we were going to get over the line".
After a cagey 30 minutes of extra time, England fans would have been fearing the worst as the match headed for penalties.
England won 1-0, their first victory over the Swedes in over 43 years.
Eric Dier scored the winning penalty at Moscow's Spartak Stadium after hero goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept out Carlos Bacca's spotkick with a magnificent left-handed save. "It's not straightforward because we won't see everything, but we'll have a feel from what they're reporting and the way they're running, and then we can try to make the best decisions we can".