Gareth Southgate: ‘I told them to make their own history and they have’

first_imgGareth Southgate hailed his England history makers as they roared into the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.The Three Lions won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time in their history in a dramatic last 16 clash with Colombia on Tuesday night. 2 The England players celebrate their World Cup win over Colombia center_img The youthful England side showed huge resilience to recover from the gut-punch of conceding a last-minute equaliser in normal time and in the face of aggressive tactics from Colombia.And Southgate was beaming with pride over their performance when he spoke to talkSPORT after the thrilling Moscow encounter.“I said to them they can make their own history and they have done tonight,” he said.“I felt all night we deserved the win. The performance in the 90 minutes was excellent.Gareth Southgate celebrates England’s World Cup win over Colombia“We played really well. We played with control.“We probably didn’t create a huge number of clear chances but I thought we were the better team.“We showed incredible resilience to come back from a hammer blow right at the end of the game and to play with composure in extra time still pushing for the goal but not leaving ourselves exposed to a stupid counter-attack.“It would have been hard to stand here and lose the game and say how proud I am, but I would have been.”Attention now turns to England’s quarter-final clash with Sweden on Saturday, live on talkSPORT.England’s World Cup quarter-final opponents, date, kick-off time and commentary detailsSouthgate added: “It is a satisfying moment, but I am thinking now of who is fit.“We are high as a kite but we have got a really tough opponent in the next round and we are going to have to be spot on to beat them.”England v Sweden is live on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 3pm UK timelast_img

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