England finished second in Group G after a promising start saw them beat Tunisia with a late victor and thrash Panama 6-1. They chose to bellow rather than sing the words to their national anthem - Oh gloria inmarcesible - and it was quickly brought home that, even missing James Rodríguez, José Pekerman's team occupied a superior rung of the football ladder than Tunisia or Panama, or the scratch Belgium XI who England encountered in the group stages.
They became the first team to come from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout match since West Germany fought back from 2-0 down against England in 1970 to win 3-2 after extra-time.
Join Sportsmail's ANTHONY HAY with all the live action from the 7pm (BST) kick-off, with our reporters providing all the updates from Moscow. That gives the team the momentum England lacks, Pekerman said.
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Standing in Kane's way is his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Davinson Sanchez, likely to start at center-back for Colombia. He's made no secret of the fact he'd like to be the World Cup's top scorer.
That was not straightforward when Harry Kane was being shackled by Mina, a centre-half of such formidable size.
"Just as Argentina stole a game from Brazil on Sunday in Turin, so England stole one from Belgium here Tuesday night", reported Grahame Jones in the Los Angeles Times after that game in Bologna.
Before you enter your 2018 World Cup picks for England vs. Colombia, you have to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.
Sweden win scrappy Swiss encounter to reach World Cup quarters
They were without both Fabian Schaer and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner at the back, prompting Johan Djourou and Lang to come in. The Swiss certainly weren't playing like a team ranked No 6 in the world and with only one loss in their previous 25 games.
Southgate, who himself missed the deciding penalty in the 1996 European Championship semifinals, has embraced psychology as a key part of England's preparation.
"We are quite stable even when things turn hard". "If I'm on the pitch, I want to take one. I will try to stop him". Mina scored twice in three games for Colombia in the group stage, including the goal that beat Senegal and secured advancement.
England vs Colombia kicks off at 7pm, with coverage on the TV starting from 6.30pm.
So, although England lost, they are now in arguably the easier half of the draw.
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