Baddiel and Skinner celebrate as England beat Colombia on penalties

Harry Kane salutes the fans

England will face their toughest World Cup test against Sweden in the quarter-finals, a task more daunting than taking on tournament favourites Brazil, former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said.

Tuesday's match fell some way short of two other World Cup matches involving England, both of which went to penalties with the English losing out on both occasions.

The truth is though that caution would be best advised for England, whose competitive record against Sweden doesn't make for inspiring reading if you're an English fan (one win in the last eight non-friendly encounters). The FA hired Pippa Grange, a psychologist who has been tasked with improving the team's "psychological resilience", and they are one of the very few football organisations - be it national teams or domestic clubs - who are alive to the opportunities that analytics offers in the sport.

"I say it all the time though, with the spirit of the team, we carried on how we were playing and didn't change anything and we believed".

Extra-time came and went as the match went to penalties, where the Three Lions won the shoot-out and their first knockout match since 2006.

England fans celebrate in the stands after their side win the FIFA World Cup 2018, round of 16 match at the Spartak Stadium, Moscow.

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Matthaus was equally critical of Colombia's players during their agonising penalty defeat to England in their round of 16 clash. "England win on penalties (Yes really!)", the paper said.

Uruguay's success has been built on a solid defence led by Atletico Madrid pair Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, with the old-fashioned strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani doing the damage at the other end with five goals between them.

Southgate said he was already looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.

And when Jordan Henderson missed his penalty, it looked as if England were staring at another heartbreaking exit from a major tournament. "It is uncomfortable to play this match with such refereeing decisions".

"We still have a long way to go in this tournament", Kane, who also scored in the shootout, said as the expectations of England fans rise at the prospect of a less than intimidating match with Sweden and a semi-final against Russian Federation or Croatia.

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