The nation of England (at least those interested in football ) will stop what they are doing on Tuesday night and watch the Three Lions take on Colombia for a place in the last eight of the World Cup.
It’s hard to assess how good England are considering they battered Tunisia before needing a late winner in their opener, before battering Panama and conceding a late consolation in their second match.
With regard to the match against Belgium, we can put a line through that considering it was nothing more than a glorified friendly.
Now comes the first proper test for the first proper team.
Gareth Southgate can have no excuses, with everyone available for selection and fighting fit. There aren’t too many dilemmas for the England manager, with Dele Alli expected to return in place of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Otherwise, it’s as you were from the Panama match.
England are going to go at Colombia from the start. In truth they are facing a team likely to be without James Rodriguez and it’s a team that the Three Lions should be confident of beating.
There is always lots of drum banging when it comes to England, although their slick passing can really come to the fore here. Colombia have blustered their way through the tournament thus far, with a couple of shabby performances bookending a 3-0 win over Poland.
Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling should buzz around causing problems and you’d probably rather have Harry Kane converting chances than any other striker in the tournament.