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Gareth Southgate's side booked their place in the quarter-finals by finally conquering their penalty demons in Moscow but, in order to reach the shootout, they had to endure 120 minutes of ill-temper, gamesmanship and mind games from the South Americans.

With Brazil, France, Uruguay and Belgium all in the other half of the draw, England fans are dreaming of progressing through a favourable schedule and winning the World Cup for just the second time.

England trailed 3-2 in the penalty shootout after Jordan Henderson's shot was saved by David Ospina, but Mateus Uribe hit the bar and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then stopped Carlos Bacca's kick.

Fans in The George Wallis went from biting their nails to leaping up and down, hugging and finally belting out Three Lions in chorus after Eric Dier's crucial spot kick.

Many England supporters joined them, using hashtags #ItsComingHome and #FootballsComingHomeAgain along with videos of their celebrations.

"Our historic record against them is another one we have to put right, but I think we have always viewed them at our level and I don't think that's right because their tournament record is better than ours".

England had looked set to be going through with few dramas when tournament leading scorer Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his sixth goal at the finals, only for Yerry Mina to head an equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time.

"We did our research on them, with Margetson and the analysis staff", Pickford said. I just kind of looked back at him, but we knew their game plan and exactly what they were trying to do.

"It showed the togetherness and character".

You can nearly see the pain of that moment leave Southgate as he celebrates England's win over Columbia.

England's calmness under pressure was again personified by captain Harry Kane.

When the Liverpool midfielder missed his penalty against Colombia at the World Cup, it seemed as though England were heading towards another shootout exit.

"I thought we dealt with the situation really well".

"Sweden are often underestimated, but I have real respect for them", he said. We want to capitalise on it now.

"To get knocked down at the end like we did at the end, it's hard to come back from that", Dier said.

"I'm already thinking about the next game".

"I started to get the feeling that this team could be unsafe in the next few tournaments".

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