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England fans witness soccer history at Phoenix pub

England fans witness soccer history at Phoenix pub

England players celebrate winning the penlaty shoot-out of the FIFA World Cup 2018, round of 16 match at the Spartak Stadium, Moscow. More than anything I was hoping it wasn't going to go beyond the first five as it would've been between me and Peter Shilton over who was going to take the last one.

"We're trying to write our own history, and I've talked to the players about that", he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. But whereas these tactics were once evidence of England's technical deficiencies, Sweden have turned them into a strength, creating low-scoring contests in which they have a greater chance of upsetting stronger opposition.

Would you make any changes to this team? Their mindset is that "our structure, our collective mentality, our belief" can see us through any occasion. And it's one lyric in particular that seems to confuse them.

"I'm reeling because when I spoke to (FIFA president Gianni) Infantino the first time, everything had changed at Federation Internationale de Football Association: the thieves had left, the fixes, everything. and today we saw the opposite - an old and fixed Federation Internationale de Football Association".

The centre-back pairing consists of Colombia's Yerry Mina, who scored his third goal in three matches in Los Cafeteros' defeat to England on Tuesday evening, and Brazil's experienced defender Thiago Silva, who was on also on target in their round of 16 game.

Paul Parker moves in to tackle Lothar Matthäus in Turin. There's a picture of me with my hands over my face. "I knew the messages I wanted to give". This has been a World Cup of "Ross-i-ya" chants even during matches not involving Russian Federation, and often followed by brief jeers from jarred, miffed fans of those actually playing. It is only as time has gone on that I've realised the magnitude of that match.

The prevailing theme of the Round of 16 of this World Cup - which is already being labelled as the best edition ever - has been the triumph of the underdog.

In Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium, who last reached the semis in 1986, have two of the game's most devastating creators. I don't know what's worse to be perfectly honest. But I'd also find it hard to bet against a side that shows up at every major tournament. "In terms of creative football and finishing, James is a decisive player".

Kane has yet to be given the chance to run into space and onto a killer pass from a teammate but, as England go deeper into the tournament, they can not rely on set-pieces to continue to bail them out.