England are through to the World Cup quarterfinals, and they got there largely due to the efforts of several Tottenham Hotspur players on the squad. England defeated Colombia today in a penalty shoot-out, to advance their first quarter-finals since 2006, with a win that exorcised the penalty shoot-demons for good.
Let’s take a look at how four key Spurs players performed for Three Lions today.
-England Captain Harry Kane scored the team’s only goal in the 57′ on a PK. He also converted his chance in the penalty shoot out. Kaner says England grew up a lot with this win. This is their first penalty shootout win, and it came on the fourth try. They’re now a perfect 11/11 on PKs in open play, while 11/19 on shoot outs.
“We spoke a lot about being an inexperienced, long team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch tonight,” said Kane. “It was mixed emotions, highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-outs. The boys were fantastic.”
“Penalty shootouts are a lot about mentality, and obviously we know England haven’t done great in the past, so it was nice to get that one off our back and it’ll give us huge belief going forward.”
Kane remains the top scorer at the World Cup with six goals in three games. Today saw the 24-year-old move up to second among all scorers at World Cups for England. He now only trails Gary Lineker (10) among England scorers.
–Dele Alli returned from injury, and he didn’t exactly have the greatest performance of all time. However, his girlfriend, Ruby Mae came in for the game, and she’s getting a lot of attention for her appearance and her outfit- the team kit fashioned into a crop top.
Here’s a link to the Daily Mail, which has much more on this.
–Kieran Trippier converted his chance in the shoot-out, and after the match described how he remained cool under pressure.
“Be relaxed, take your time, be calm and our chance will come,” he said when asked about his emotions taking a spot on the most important penalty shoot range.
-However, it was Eric Dier who sealed the victory, as he converted the final chance.
England’s penalty shootout heroes Jordan Pickford and Eric Dier talk to @gabrielclarke05 after a famous win! pic.twitter.com/VSeqJZQxoM
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 3, 2018
In his postgame interview, Dier paid a tremendous compliment to his goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.
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