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"We had good news after his medical tests".

As England's World Cup winning streak came to an end after losing against Belgium, some labelled Gareth Southgate as a tactical genius, given that the team could face an "easier" draw in the latter stages of the tournament.

"After his MRI we knew that he doesn't have a serious injury", Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said Monday.

We expect Colombia to dictate play for at least half the game, with England content to launch repeated and rapid counter-attacks.

Pekerman said Luis Muriel, who had replaced Rodriguez against Senegal, was an option once more should the midfielder be ruled out. He was able to change the pace, he's technically gifted and really fast. "Even if they are considered favourites and they are very good players and fast, we believe our team is in a very good moment".

The team has previously said a swelling was found in Rodriguez's calf muscle.

Colombia lost 2-1 to Japan in their opening Group H game, but wins against Poland and Colombia secured qualification and, speaking to Sky Sports News, Wise said: "I look at the teams left and I think Colombia is the team I would be most anxious about if I am being honest".

On paper, England's tilt with Colombia at Moscow's intimate Spartak Stadium is more or less a wash - England is 12th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and Colombia is 16th, not that the rankings have meant much in an upset-heavy World Cup that's already seen Germany, Portugal, Argentina and Spain eliminated.

Southgate added: "I feel like we've started to connect the team with the public again". They flopped, going out at the Group Stage, and there was worse to come with defender Andres Escobar - who scored an own-goal in the defeat to U.S. - being shot and killed shortly after returning.

"I think we've been in this position before many times over the last however many years", Southgate said.

"When you play against Brazil you have to accept that they are the best team in the competition", said Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.


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