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Southgate shaking hands with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao after England's shootout success. Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning, Paddy McKenna and Carl Kinsella featuring LIFELONG ENGLAND FAN Noz Choudry. And with a 14% win percentage, the worst of any national team with more than five shootouts to its name.

This was more than a penalty shootout victory.

U.S. radio host Roger Bennett surmises on what Southgate was feeling when he saw his England team win. But coach Gareth Southgate's team prevailed 4-3. This is a true leader, this is what the England team needed. "You can never recreate on the training ground the circumstances of the shootout", said Glenn Hoddle in 1998. "You can't reproduce the exhausted legs". It's about performing a skill under pressure. "Because in recent times we haven't been great for England in tournaments".

They kept calm. The players have taken it all on board, it's a special moment for us.

"Fifa strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match", it said. Who would have thought it? (In my eyes, this is an abdication of the coach's responsibility, as the coach should know the players' ability to cope with what's called "competition anxiety" better than the players themselves).

England will play Sweden at the Samara Arena at 3pm on Saturday.

Typical of Southgate, he made sure the postgame narrative was about his successful players rather than his own personal penalty demons being exorcised.

Even the ever-busy Liverpool Street, one of the most important Tube and railway stations in London, was left without a living soul ahead of the game. They have good players and they seem to be very organised. "I've been just told by Pepe that. he asked if he could have his shirt".

"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. This is a sure sign of stress.

Everyone seems to know the score; we've seen it all before.

This was another lesson learned from the 1996 defeat.

Beginning with their 1990 semi-final heartache against West Germany, England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three out of four in the European Championship and they looked on course for another nightmare when midfielder Jordan Henderson saw his spot-kick saved by David Ospina.



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