England’s new generation ended the World Cup penalty jinx by knocking out Colombia on spot-kicks to reach the quarter-finals.

Screen Shot 2018-07-03 at 10.51.08 PMEngland’s survived a test of nerve that will prove invaluable as they drive deeper into this World Cup after a night of noise, colour and hostility in Moscow.

Southgate’s side cast off the clouds of dread that have come over England in penalty shootouts in the past, a psychological lift that may yet help them further down the line.

Colombia made their intentions clear from the off. This was going to be a scrap and Jose Pekerman’s side would be the beneficiaries if England were dragged into it.

England lived on the edge in those physical exchanges but the manner in which they survived and came through that test will add an extra layer to the satisfaction.

And within the dogged team performance, individuals once more made their mark.

Everton goalkeeper Pickford received some criticism for his performance against Belgium but was outstanding here, not only saving that Bacca penalty but producing one of the saves of the World Cup from Uribe’s thunderous drive from 30 yards – which cruelly led to the corner that brought Mina’s equaliser.

And Trippier’s measured penalty was another indication of his growing maturity at this level, the Spurs full-back having again performed solidly down England’s right.

Match stats – Kane sets best England run since 1939

  • England have won a penalty shootout at a major tournament for only the second time, also beating Spain in Euro 96.
  • England have qualified for the quarter-final of a World Cup for the first time since 2006.
  • Colombia have lost three of their four knockout matches at the World Cup (also the last 16 in 1990 and the quarter-final in 2014).
  • The team going first in a penalty shootout have now lost all three at the 2018 World Cup.
  • Harry Kane became the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton did so in 1939.
  • Kane has scored six goals in his first three World Cup appearances for England – only three players have scored more in their first three matches; Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis (nine), Germany’s Gerd Muller (seven) and Argentina’s Guillermo Stabile (seven).
  • The last England player to be fouled more often in a World Cup match than Kane in this match (nine) was Alan Shearer in 1998 against Tunisia (11).
  • Kane has scored 14 goals in 10 England appearances under Gareth Southgate, scoring in all eight matches he has played as captain (12 goals).
  • Mina has scored in all three of his appearances at the World Cup, with all three headers.
  • Kane has scored six goals from six shots on target at the 2018 World Cup.
  • England conceded in injury time at the end of the second half for the first time in World Cup history, with Mina’s goal coming after 92 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • Eight of England’s last 15 World Cup knockout matches have gone to extra time, with the first match in this run the 1966 World Cup final.
  • Source BBC