Colombia boss has ominous warning for England ahead of last-16 clash


first_img Pekerman consoles Rodriguez after limping off the pitch The result means they were drawn against the South Americans with the tantalising prospect of a quarter-final against either Sweden or Switzerland awaiting the victor.And Pekerman, who led his country to the last eight four years ago in Brazil, was confident he could repeat the feat against the Three Lions.“I definitely think England have what it takes to do well, but it will be a match in which Colombia is going to be confident of playing at a high level and getting a good result,” he told reporters. Colombia players celebrate after their victory over Senegal Gareth Southgate consoles his Three Lions after defeat to Belgium “We know that any team that reaches the last 16 is good, we are talking about the best 16 teams in the world.“Obviously England can have a good day or an even better day. England is a young team, has a lot of harmony and you can tell they have a lot of faith in themselves.“Now a different kind of match is heading our way, these will be completely full-on, to the death matches, win or you are out. These are extreme situations.” Despite qualifying as winners of their group, Colombia may be forced to play without star man James Rodriguez.The 2014 Golden Boot winner limped out of the 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday, with Pekerman admitting the news was ‘extremely concerning’.center_img 3 3 Colombia manager Jose Pekerman claims his side do not fear England, but is expecting their last-16 showdown to be a ‘completely full-on, to-the-death’ match.The Three Lions finished second in Group G behind Belgium after losing 1-0 to their European rivals on Thursday night. 3last_img

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