Exhausted, stressed, elated - England fans respond to night of high drama

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"It's rather sad they use such a festive and friendly environment as the World Cup to target a country and continue to stigmatise it with a completely unrelated issue", Colombia's ambassador Nestor Osorio responded, according to United Kingdom media.

"It was a tremendous blow", he told Mundo Deportivo. "Both Southgate and Uribe missed crucial penalties that cost their sides victory". I have never been in a situation like that before but I felt like I had to score after the header I missed at the end.

England failed to even qualify for Euro 2008 under Steve McClaren but returned to the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa under Fabio Capello.

Mr Clarke, from Chilwell in Nottingham, who also travelled out for the three group games, said: "I came here on Sunday on a one-way ticket until we win it - or we not winning it".

"Now is not the time to talk about my future, but the World Cup has helped me reconnect and reaffirm myself as a footballer".

Pickford made a brilliant one-handed save from Carlos Bacca from Colombia's fifth kick in the shoot-out before Eric Dier converted to ensure England will play Sweden on Saturday. For some I think it's just cramp and some need more assessment.

A sixth goal in three games, the third from the penalty spot, tournament top scorer Kane already has one foot inside the Golden Boot.

People hurled plastic cups of beer in the air as hundreds jumped around and chanted "It's coming home".

With the game precariously-tied at 1-1, the match went into extra-time and then penalties. "I have the power and agility".

As fans in the stadium in Moscow and across the country back home celebrated the incredible success, Southgate's leading lady and wife of over 20 years Alison was among the first to shower him with praise.

"It was a good match, but (I'm) always disappointed when the game goes to penalties - it doesn't show the true potential of the team", said Emma Kinsey, 32, a yoga instructor from Lincoln who lives in Bogota.

Beer sprayed high into the blue Tyneside sky as Kane scored England's spot-kick.

Until they equalised in the 93rd minute, Colombia's main tactic for this game appeared to focus upon turning it into a negative, cynical battle for a place in the quarterfinals.

England fans were less outnumbered in Times Square, Newcastle, where the 2,000-odd crowd was overwhelmingly and unapologetically partisan. But it all fell apart two minutes later as Aron Gunnarsson's long throw caused chaos in the England defence and Ragnar Sigurdsson took advantage.

Regarding the message, they said that: "This was unfair on the Colombian people, who are far more embarrassed by the way their cheating, fouling, play-acting, mean-spirited, national football team played last night".

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