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Lingard and England ready to continue family affair in Russian Federation

03 July 2018

Tuesday, they'll have to step on the pitch and face a unsafe Colombia team that many are overlooking, but if England make that mistake, they'll face an early trip home from Russian Federation and again let down a nation that is just again beginning to believe in its national team.

Alli missed England's previous two games through injury.

Speaking about England's new breed on USA broadcaster Fox, Rooney said: "I think certainly the first two games they were excellent".

England's last win in a tournament knockout game was 12 years ago when they beat Ecuador 1-0 in the World Cup in Germany but then lost the next game on a penalty shootout to Portugal.

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That miss, however, has probably fired the 33-year-old to come up with a stronger display in this encounter. There is not a single player that can contain him there.

England's failures have become a recurring national joke, with acres of newsprint and even academic studies devoted to why their players are found wanting in such situations.

"I watched Colombia the other day and there's nothing to be scared of there for England", Merson said.

"On the pitch you learn about them as well to get a rough idea of how they play - what are their qualities, what are their weaknesses".

Things seem to be riding high for England with every bounce going their way while they sit and watch other top teams tumble out of the tournament.

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"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend and they can defend in their own box as well", said Eriksson.

"My father's generation and those before them would view that differently but you have got to be there for your family, I think, and that is very important".

For me and as a team, we're not scared of anyone. "We're all fighting, we're all raring to go and we're all looking forward to the next game".

"I think it's very risky. So we're not really fussed which side we are on", he said. I mean, we've been so fortunate to have a squad of players whose character and spirit has formed an incredible bond. "We have to be prepared physically and mentally to go to extra time, and beyond if that's what it takes", he said.

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Lingard and England ready to continue family affair in Russian Federation