Gareth Southgate urges England players to 'write their own stories'

England will face the winner of Sweden v Switzerland if they beat Colombia

He said: "The thing I want more than anything else is the players to continue to attack the tournament as we have".

Sweden's World Cup has been a unusual one so far: lucky to beat South Korea with a penalty in their first game, unlucky to lose to a 95th minute goal against Germany and totally convincing to destroy Mexico 3-0 in their last match.

England have been practising penalties since March.

"For us we have to focus on the next game, we can't think about how well we've played in the last game or how good we are doing".

The Tottenham striker's odds of winning the prize for the World Cup's top goalscorer were slashed when Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal were eliminated by Uruguay on Saturday, leaving the world player of the year one short of Kane's tally. He's the life and soul of England's training sessions, always providing laughs and banter - when appropriate, of course. "I'd be willing to step forward".

England manager Gareth Southgate has played down suggestions he may have inspired a fashion trend.

"The English are a country with a lot of history, they are very structured, they have players with important offensive power and they have shown in this competition, tactically, a very well worked team".

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With four goals from his first three games, the Real Madrid star has been living up to his pre-tournament hype. And although Uruguay finally conceded a goal, it was the first this year in the team's seventh match.

Southgate hopes his team will be able to express themselves even more now they are through to the second round. "The depth of knowledge and understanding wasn't so great and we didn't have as much information as we do now". "We have to be prepared physically and mentally to go to extra time and beyond if that's what it takes".

"They are a risky side and we have got to get through that and not look into the future".

After victories over Tunisia and Panama booked England's place in the group stage, a mainly second-string side lost to an also weakened Belgium in the final group match.

Although they were unbeaten in their qualifying campaign, Wembley Stadium was never full for a game and on several occasion the players were booed by their fans. "If we have made [team] changes, we keep updating the list". With some, we shouldn't be interfering. "I wasn't so comfortable with the love-in in the buildup to Belgium, to be honest, so it's nice that there's a little bit of an edge back".

Southgate describes himself as the man who shattered a nation's dream.

The Three Lions meet Colombia in the last 16 on Tuesday, having seen a number of major teams already crash out of the tournament, including Spain, Germany and Argentina.

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