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Former Liverpool football player Jamie Carragher sits ringside before the WBC Cruiserweight match between Tony Bellew of England and BJ Flores of USA during Boxing at Echo Arena on October

It may even deny them a victory over Sweden in Saturday's quarterfinal in Samara, when England will attempt to reach a World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1990.

A hardy contingent of Colombia fans, however, hung tough. The Panamanians were so outraged they threatened to boycott the third-place game of the tournament and a leading newspaper's headline the next day read "Fucking Árbitro".

And while it is easy to say so in hindsight, there is good evidence that England may have actually held the cards in the shootout.

"They don't choose the referees", Maradona said.

WHY CROATIA WINS: The Croatians are just as balanced as Brazil or England - and might have the best box-to-box midfield tandem in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

They shared group stage draws at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, while England edged a five-goal thriller in the groups at the 2012 European Championship - before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored that goal in a 4-2 friendly win for the Swedes five months later.

This has certainly been a World Cup of viral memes and funnies.

Determined to avoid such horrors, he and his staff have forced England's players to "practice and practice" the penalty routine.

Dier went on to net the winning spot-kick in the penalty shootout which sent England through to the quarter-finals after the tie finished 1-1 after extra-time.

In charge for two years of an England team that has left fans so disappointed for decades that few expected much of his young team in Russia, Southgate has resolved to shut out years of failure.

England and Sweden both secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals after another day of high drama and tension in Russian Federation. Either way, they're doing it by focusing on process more than ever before.

Theresa May has said she could not bear to watch the penalty shootout that saw England progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.

"We saw a hard match and this does not mean that England have not done well", Pekerman said, adding that his team had also failed to pose a greater threat in the area.

"They've really bought in to everything we've tried to do". That leaves ample room already to note things such as that, when two teams walk out for the final in Moscow, Croatia could forge an astounding achievement for a country only 27 years old and with 4.2 million souls, or England.