Colombia v England: Three Lions poised for World Cup charge

They were given little hope at the outset, but things are quickly going to plan for England in Russia

It's coming home according England fans and the Three Lions have quickly become World Cup contenders as tournament favourites fall thick and fast in Russia.

With Germany, Argentina and Spain all sent packing - the draw has opened up favourably for the English with Colombia set to be one of their more difficult hurdles to an unlikely World Cup crown.

A final group game loss to Belgium has turned out to be an ideal result for the Three Lions, who will now avoid a potential quarter-final clash against Brazil with Sweden or Switzerland awaiting them instead.

Spain's shock loss to Russia now also means a semi-final showdown against the host nation or Croatia would then stand in the way of England and just a second World Cup final in their history. 

For a side that had such little expected of them heading in, Gareth Southgate's men have been inadvertently burdened by expectations once more and can't afford to get ahead of themselves.

Colombia of course await in Moscow and the South Americans will be determined to claim what would be their first ever win against England.

Colombia v England

From their five previous clashes, England have won three times, including at the 1998 World Cup, with two draws also played out.  

While history may be against them, the South Americans have found some form in Russia after a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan and have in fact scored in each of their past eight games at the World Cup.

Speaking of goals, England's Harry Kane leads the race for the golden boot with five goals to date and after just 153 World Cup minutes, already has the second most goals of any Englishman in history at the tournament. 

Having only won two of their last eight knockout games at the World Cup, expectations have often got the best of the Three Lions and Colombia will certainly test whether England are actual World Cup contenders or simply pretenders. 

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