Jordan Pickford (9/10) – Pickford made sure his defenders were able to use him when they were under pressure. His comfort on the ball meant he could receive the ball at pace and allow them to recover well from the high press. He had no real saves of note to make in the first half. He then performed an absolutely flip hot save in injury time from Mateus Uribe only to see it lead to a goal. He saved Carlos Bacca’s penalty to leave England on the brink of victory with a strong wrist.
Kyle Walker (6/10) – As one of the England back three he was comfortable on the ball, and made sure to use his pace to cover any Colombia breaks when England lost possession in their opponent’s half. He was on hand to head clear from an initial wave of late Colombian pressure. Was lucky after giving the ball away to Carlos Bacca only to see Juan Cuadrado sky his chance, and a better side may have punished it.
John Stones (6/10) – As expected, he artfully started play from deep with his accurate passing, but offered an important tackle when Radamel Falcao received the ball in a dangerous position in the penalty area. In the middle of the three central defenders, he could provide a useful extra man in midfield when Colombia were sitting back. He almost ruined his good work when he later raked his studs across Falcao’s head, and was seriously lucky to escape a VAR-induced red.
Colombia’s Radamel Falcao, right, lunges for the ball against England’s John Stones during the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Harry Maguire (8/10) – Maguire showed some could early anticipation to cut off supply to Colombia’s forwards, and provided a strong burst from defence to give England the chance of an overload in attack. He looks ungainly on the ball but was more than adequate with it. He was the first England player to get into some aggro with the opposition when he exchanged shoves with Cuadrado on the touchline. At the start of the second half, there he was again, unflappable and cleaning out his opponent while taking the ball from him at the same time. His height saw him meet a corner from Young towards the end of the match, but he sent a looping effort just over. As his partners melted, he was on hand to put Falcao off as he headed a ball from a threatening position.
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Kieran Trippier (8/10) – Trippier has emerged as one of England’s most impressive players of the tournaments, when it wasn’t really clear that he would get much time at all on the pitch. He sent one free kick a yard wide of the near post in what what probably England’s best chance of the half, and showed his brains to pick out a Raheem Sterling run. He provided another dangerous chance for Alli with another excellent cross to the back post in the second half. A high, confident penalty under pressure was little surprise.
Jesse Lingard (6/10) – He provided useful movement in the final third for England when they were in control of the ball, and linked up well once with Trippier, but a loose pass later on betrayed that he was not at his best in the first 45. He took a yellow card for lashing out in the second half as tempers frayed. He was unlucky not to win a penalty when he appeared to be fouled with 15 minutes remaining. Lingard displayed vital fitness to cover for his defence at the start of the third half.
Jordan Henderson (6/10) – Like the rest of England’s midfield three, he was afforded plenty of the ball high up the pitch, but his poor ball over the top for Harry Kane was also coupled with another pass straight to a Colombian player. He was head-butted by Wilmar Barrios and should have earned his side a red card advantage, but the referee made a poor choice. He was booked for a flick of his own head later, showing a depressing lack of self-control. He allowed David Ospina plenty of time to meet his signposted penalty kick.
Dele Alli (6/10) – On occasion he swapped positions with Lingard to little effect, but he struggled to link up with the strikers. He clearly felt his thigh, an injury he has been carrying for much of the tournament, and tailed off disappointingly quickly. He tried admirably to reach the ball at the back post from a Trippier cross but couldn’t get his effort on target. As one of England’s most fiery players, he did well not to rise to any aggression.
Ashley Young (7/10) – He pressed high up on the left, but his preferred foot is right which meant he had to hold up play to cut in on the right. It meant that Trippier was the best outlet to break down the right and provide crosses from behind the defence. An early, Kroos-style shot from a tight angle brought a smart save, and he also delivered a dangerous free kick that won the corner from which they won their penalty. He took a legitimately delivered whack two thirds of the way into the match but managed to continue, and second wallop in extra-time noticeably reduced his mobility.
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Raheem Sterling (6/10) – He was a dangerous early presence on the right, his ability on the wings allowing him to link up well with Lingard and Trippier, but he was needled by the opposition after 20 minutes where he spent time being caught on the ball and running into trouble. He was barged by a Colombian coach as he left the pitch, but didn’t rise to the bait to any aggression. He offered almost nothing for England in the second half. He launched a brilliant counter-attack to set up Lingard for what might have been another penalty.
Harry Kane (10/10) – He won a free kick for Trippier in a dangerous position with quick feet as he drove towards the box, but came deep early on and ran the channels as it became clear that England’s co-ordination was lacking in the face of sturdy Colombian defence. In the second half, he took an elbow from Santiago Arias in the back, but kept his cool. Minutes later, his dogged determination not to rise to Cuadrado’s manhandling in the box won England a penalty. After minutes of Colombian protests, including sly scuffs on the penalty spot, he held his nerve to convert the penalty with no fuss. His second, shoot-out penalty was a vicious masterclass.
Eric Dier (10/10) – He replaced his Spurs colleague to add steel to the midfield for the closing stage of the match but gave away possession with a silly mistake. In extra time he offered no real protection or presence when England needed a leader. Had a free header from a corner in the second half of extra time and put it high and wide. None of that mattered when he put England through.
Jamie Vardy (6/10) – Vardy came on for the last five minutes of normal time to replace Sterling and provide a counter-attacking outlet and to match Colombia’s penchant for aggro. In the first period of extra time he melted along with the rest of his teammates. In the second half of extra time he scuffed what could have been excellent chance after Lingard slipped him in.
Danny Rose – On for extra time, he drilled a shot just wide of the post after reaching a pass from Henderson.
Marcus Rashford – Rashford replaced Stones, allowing Dier to slip into defence and to add pace in the last few minutes of the game. His penalty found the net after a stuttering, risky approach.
Subs not used: Butland, Pope, Rose, Dier, Delph, Cahill, Alexander-Arnold, Rashford, Welbeck, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy