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Alli can help England write their own history, says Southgate

Hakan Sukur helped Turkey to a 3-2 win over South Korea to finish third in the World Cup in 2002

"I'd be willing to step forward", Rashford looked ahead to a possible shootout with Colombia on Tuesday.

Asked whether a preferred list of five penalty takers had been put together, Lingard replied: "Not at this current moment".

England approach the match fresh and injury-free, but their 23-man squad could well be a player light as Delph flew back to the United Kingdom straight after starting last Thursday's defeat to Belgium.

"Obviously we've worked and practised them, and I have got confidence in my own ability to be able to score one". I look at that squad and I get really jealous and think I would love to be in that squad.

Spain were regarded as the toughest possible opponent in England's half of the draw, but they were knocked out by hosts Russian Federation on Monday.

"Every player will tell you that it is always frustrating when you don't start", he said.

"[But] if I know I'm improving to the player I was a year ago or six months ago then that's good enough for me".

It is a game we are really looking forward to, the sort of match you want to be involved in. "Not only that but as a person and everyone thinks he is one of the best players in the world now - he is in the top five and things can only get better".

Young was guilty of failing in the country's last dalliance with spot-kicks, at Euro 2012.

The Manchester United man struck the bar in the agonising 4-2 quarter-final penalty defeat to Italy, but the now 32-year-old is ready to make amends in Moscow.

"We don't need to change too much".

England have been practising, studying and developing strategies for penalty shootouts since March and their manager would have no problem picking Young if it came to it. "We will be aware of that", Lingard said.

The tournament is considered wide open following the elimination of Germany, Spain and Argentina but Southgate refuses to get carried away with his team's chances. I mean, we've been so fortunate to have a squad of players whose character and spirit has formed an incredible bond.

"The formation suits us perfectly and as a group of lads, it's a youthful squad but we've still got them experienced players in there and the team spirit is unbelievable at the moment - everyone has come together and really bonding". We've scored a lot of goals from set-pieces.