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England end long wait for knockout win

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Hodgson's team failed to reach the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but did qualify for the last 16 of the Euros, where they faced tournament debutants Iceland in Nice.

Beers were jubilantly tossed into the air, songs were belted out and strangers in fan zones embraced each other as England won their penalty shootout against a dogged Colombia.

"It is a blow for the whole group".

Mina, 23, signed for the Catalan giants from Palmeiras in January, but only appeared five times for them in the back half of the season.

Players had already been evaluated during practice drills and their past performance taken into account, in contrast to previous tournaments, such as in 1998 when David Batty, who had never taken a penalty in a match, missed the decisive fifth kick in a round of 16 loss to Argentina.

"Well I just did our research for starters", Pickford said to ITV.

He was the hero of the penalty shootout, saving Carlos Bacca's spot kick to allow Eric Dier the chance to win the contest for England.

'I did all my research on them and Radamel Falcao was the only one who didn't go his usual way, ' Pickford told ITV.

"When the screen cut out I thought this was a classic English thing to happen". Kane opened the scoring for England in the 57th minute by successfully converting a penalty after being fouled inside the box by Colombia's Carlos Sanchez.

"I don't care if I'm not the biggest goalkeeper, I've got the power and agility to get around the goal and I've got to make the save and be in the moment and I was".

People hurled plastic cups of beer in the air as hundreds jumped around and chanted "It's coming home".

"The players have really executed everything (in the shootout) that we've talked about exceptionally well and we showed incredible resilience to come back from huge disappointment at the final whistle and keep our calm".

"We'd studied all of their penalty takers and great credit to our collective of staff and to him for taking on board that information and preparing in the right way".

England were always the more purposeful side but they lacked the key final ball and needed a gift to take the lead.

"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".

Kane scored from the spot.

The 22-year-old has been with the England 'keeper since she was just 14, and moved to Liverpool with him after he signed for Everton in 2017.

"We were so unlucky not to go through in 90 minutes", said Kane, who also converted his shootout kick along with Marcus Rashford and Kieran Tripper.