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Colombia News: Ospina not running scared of England

8 months ago

In the latest Colombia news, goalkeeper David Ospina insists his side do not fear England ahead of their World Cup last-16 encounter in Moscow on Tuesday.

Colombia sealed their place in the knockout stages by finishing top of Group H, but they had to do it the hard way, as they lost their opening match against Japan after having midfielder Carlos Sanchez sent-off inside three minutes.

However, wins against Poland and Senegal sealed the South Americans’ passage through to the last 16 and they will now face an England side they have never beaten in five previous meetings, although the most recent of those encounters was over 13 years ago.

Colombia know if they beat England this time around then they will advance through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the second successive tournament and Ospina believes his side have improved considerably from the team that impressed in Brazil four years ago.

“We are a better team than four years ago,” Ospina told reporters. “We are together, more experienced and a stronger squad of players than we were in Brazil.”

England are priced at 8/15 with totesport to qualify for the quarter-finals, while Colombia are available at 6/4, but Ospina insists his side have nothing to fear when they take on the Three Lions, despite their underdog status.

“We have experience and good quality. Our players play in the best clubs, the best leagues, and are used to playing in matches of this size, so nothing will frighten us,” the Arsenal goalkeeper added.

“England are a good team, but we did not mind who it was we would face. We just know we will give everything for our country and take strength from the support.”