England vs Colombia on tonight

July 3, 2018

    What is it?

    The wait to find out England’s World Cup fate is over as the hotly-anticipated round-of-16 fixture between England and Colombia arrives. The winner faces Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

    When is it?

    It is on Tuesday, July 3 – ie today.

    What time is kick-off?

    It’s a 7pm BST kick-off.

    What TV channel is it on?

    The match will be shown on ITV and its sister channel ITV HD.

    Alternatively, Telegraph Sport will be live blogging every game in this World Cup, so you can follow coverage here.

    Where is the game being played?

    At the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. One of the other benefits of finishing second is England have just a short trip into Moscow for their round of 16 tie.

    What has England’s route been up until now?

    Amid a wave of positivity, England really impressed in their first two group matches. Harry Kane’s late header against Tunisia secured three points, before his hat-trick in the 6-1 triumph over Panama put him top of the golden boot list. England field a weakened side against Belgium, and an Adnan Januzaj goal was enough to give Belgium victory that meant England finished second in Group G.

    What is the team news?

    Colombia’s victory over Senegal was bittersweet with star playmaker James Rodriguez suffering a calf injury.

    Gareth Southgate will be hoping that the loss to Belgium hasn’t knocked them off their stride. Fortunately, they are injury-free, and head into the round of 16 having given eight of their first team players a rest against Belgium.

    What happened last time England played Colombia in 1998?

    England last met Colombia back at the France 1998 World Cup,  when Glen Hoddle’s team needed a win in the final match of the group stage to ensure progression to the round of 16.

    Alan Shearer captained England that day, while Colombia were led out by the unmistakable Carlos Valderrama. Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Gary Neville also made the starting XI.

    Darren Anderton eased English nerves when he opened the scoring on 20 minutes, before David Beckham announced himself to the World with a trademark free-kick just ten minutes later.

    England held onto their lead and the match finished 2-0, sending Colombia home from the World Cup. If they want to stay in Russia, they will have to repeat the same feat on Tuesday evening.

    What are the odds?

    In 90 mins…

    • England win: 6/5
    • Colombia win: 13/5
    • Draw: 11/5