Monday, 20 August, 2018

World Cup Big Guns Set For Last Eight Battles

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Stacy Diaz | 04 July, 2018, 22:19

England will wait 24 hours before assessing the fitness of Jamie Vardy, Kyle Walker and Ashley Young following Tuesday's penalty shootout win over Colombia.

England's record coming into the World Cup was one victory in seven, a failure rate (and it is most appropriate to frame it as such) of 86 per cent.

It's no secret that some of the England players are fans of Fortnite.

"Be relaxed, take your time, be calm and our chance will come", he said when asked about his emotions taking a spot on the most important penalty shoot range.

A pub where a mass brawl broke out during yesterday's England match has announced it will not be showing any more World Cup games.

But that will all go out the window on Thursday, and we should be in for an entertaining match with the tournament's meanest defence up against France's lively attack.

Somehow, only one of those five stands among the final eight, with that one (Brazil) on the caviar side of the bracket alongside Belgium's golden generation, France's soaring talent and Uruguay's all-pitch competence.

A video clip has emerged online allegedly showing a detained England fan apologizing for defacing a monument outside Spartak Stadium in Moscow where England were playing Colombia in the World Cup last 16.

This cold-blooded perspective is harder to maintain during a penalty shootout.

They beat Colombia last night on penalties. They have created their own story and made history. Get through that and they'll play a semi-final during the next week.

Their first task is a quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday afternoon. The British government had believed Sweden's prime minister, Stefan Löfven, had given a commitment that no Swedish ministers would attend any of their team's games for the duration of the World Cup tournament. "We will continue to cheer for our team".

"Respect, fair play and joy for the game is all that matters tonight". Or will the game become a war of attrition between two northern European teams who are accustomed to winning with a combination of physical strength and a strong focus on set-pieces? Of their nine World Cup goals so far, seven have come from dead ball situations (including three penalties).