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Colombia's 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes suffered a blow on Tuesday after James Rodriguez was ruled out of their last-16 clash with England due to injury.

The Round 16 concludes with one of the most intriguing matchups of the tournament thus far, as Colombia and England-two potential final candidates-meet in Moscow on Tuesday.

Colombia's Yerry Mina scored a dramatic equaliser against England in injury-time just as it seemed the South Americans were heading out of the World Cup at the last-16 stage.

Lingard, whose long-range goal in England's 6-1 win over Panama has been one of the highlights of the team's performances, says he is enjoying his role as part of a trio operating behind striker and captain Harry Kane. Win this and the Three Lions face a quarter final against Sweden, after that a semi final against Croatia or hosts Russian Federation loom. I have a very strong partnership with Davinson Sanchez and Kane will not have an easy time against us. "But the World Cup is very important - it unites people from all parts of Colombia, as well as our worldwide hostel guests". I've got power and agility.

The center back was among the 21 players practicing in light rain on Saturday at England's training base just outside St. Petersburg.

It is the furthest England has progressed in any tournament since the David Beckham era when a golden generation of players underperformed on the global stage, exiting the 2002 and 2006 World Cups in the last eight.

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Coach Jose Pekerman is now fretting over the fitness of key playmaker James Rodriguez who was withdrawn in last Thursday's 1-0 win over Senegal as "Los Cafeteros" secured qualification to the knock-out stages as group winners.

England keeper Jordan Pickford made a superb save to touch wide a furious long shot by Uribe but from the following corner - Colombia's first of the match - giant defender Mina rose highest to head in the equaliser and send the massed Colombian fans into a frenzy. Watch Colombia vs. England to find out.

"We are a better team than four years ago", explained goalkeeper David Ospina to reporters, adding that the experience and unity in the current squad gives them a great chance of prevailing.

Tite's Brazil eased to a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday and are still the favourites to win the World Cup with the bookies.

England meet Colombia on Tuesday night with the victor playing advancing to the Quarter Finals in Russian Federation.

That would prove the last qualifty chance before the game went to penalties, in which England had not won since 1996.


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