England are through to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Just seconds away from winning the game in regulation time, a dramatic Colombia equaliser took England’s second round match all the way to penalties on Tuesday night.
Given England’s dismal record in shootouts, many thought it was all over for the Three Lions when Jordan Henderson saw his spot kick saved by David Ospina.
However, Gareth Southgate’s men pulled through in the end with Jordan Pickford making a brilliant save to deny Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier making no mistake just seconds later.
“It’ll hopefully give belief to the generations of players that will follow,” Southgate reflected after the match.
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“We always have to believe in what is possible in life and not be hindered by history or expectations. I think these young players are showing that.
“They’re enjoying the tournament, and we’re looking forward now to the quarter-finals.”
One man who is certainly enjoying himself at the World Cup is Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.
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Lingard has experienced a successful tournament so far and scored a brilliant goal against Panama as well as keeping moral high away from the pitch.
And his social media activity after the Colombia win certainly made for entertaining viewing.
The 25-year-old showed his love for the England supporters on his Instagram story as well as capturing a brilliant moment with close friend Trent Alexander-Arnold.
With the Liverpool man using the #JLingz gesture on the pitch, he asked: “What you saying Trent?”
To that, Alexander-Arnold simply replied: “It’s coming home!”
Brilliant stuff, take a look at the full Instagram video below:
Trent Alexander-Arnold doing the #JLingz sign! 😂😂😂
Lingard: “What you saying Trent?”
Alexander-Arnold: “It’s coming home!”
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 3, 2018
Alexander-Arnold even said it twice and sung it once for good measure.
The chorus to The Lightning Seeds’ classic song ‘Three Lions’ has become something of a staple at this summer’s tournament and especially given the optimism around the country right now.
While the struggles of the Colombia game show it’s important not to get carried away, England have an appetising path to the semi-finals and possibly even the final.
Sweden and Russia/Croatia would certainly prove tough opponents but comparatively easy challenges when, had England won the group, Brazil could have been next.
No doubt the England players will do all they can to ensure it is indeed coming home this summer.
The journey continues against Sweden on Saturday and we simply can’t wait.