"It was a tremendous blow", he told Mundo Deportivo.
High praise, indeed. Especially given the fact that Shilts has 125 caps for England - more than any other player in history.
"If we get through tonight I think we'll go all the way".
Mina, 23, signed for the Catalan giants from Palmeiras in January, but only appeared five times for them in the back half of the season.
"A top-class save. I'm surprised he could reach it, given his height", Southgate said of the save from Bacca's penalty.
'The goalkeeper has no worldwide experience, I have not seen anyone win the World Cup who has been decisive in some moments, ' Wenger told beIN Sports before England faced Colombia.
In what was a tough last 16 tie, England had to overcome a Colombia side that frequently resorted to unsporting tactics throughout the game, with Southgate stating how proud he was of the way his players conducted themselves in the face of Los Cafeteros' gamesmanship.
England's one goal in normal time arrived via a penalty kick won by captain and key striker Harry Kane, who held his nerve to convert from the spot.
England could hardly believe it as they raced to celebrate their penalty shootout win over Colombia. Both teams had the talent to make a run, and one will look back on Russian Federation as a real opportunity to reach a World Cup final.
Earlier Los Cafeteros had pulled themselves back from the brink of elimination with a stoppage time goal from Yerry Mina, cancelling out Harry Kane's earlier penalty.
Jordan Henderson's miss in the penalty shootout looked to give Colombia the edge, but misses from Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca, followed by Eric Dier's victor put England into the quarter-finals.
The Three Lions were preparing for a free-kick on the edge of the Colombian penalty area when the incident occurred and amidst the uproar between both sets of players, referee Mark Geiger brandished a yellow card in the direction of the Boca Juniors midfielder.
A nervy extra-time then gave way to a fingernail biting penalty shoot out in which England went behind following Jordan Henderson's miss. Far too many interruptions.
Wilmar Barrios was booked for leaning his head into the chest of Jordan Henderson as the game grew into an increasingly fiesty affair. "We are not a rich country but everyone has found a way to be here because we are very emotional, very patriotic" she said.
He continued, stating: "I thought there were many, many fouls in the game and I don't think we conceded anywhere near the number of our opponents".