In the latest England news, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has warned the Three Lions must be wary of Colombia’s key men Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao in their World Cup last-16 clash.
England take on the South Americans in Russia and are hoping to win their first knockout tie in a World Cup since victory over Ecuador at the same stage in 2006.
Gareth Southgate’s side, who impressed in wins over Tunisia and Panama before a much-changed team lost 1-0 to Belgium in the final Group G game on Thursday, are 11/10 favourites to come out on top in the 90-minute match market with Coral. Colombia are on offer at 3/1 and the draw is 2/1.
Colombia will be tricky opponents for England and Loftus-Cheek says they must be aware of Cuadrado and Falcao in particular in Moscow.
The midfielder trained with both players when they were at Chelsea and even though the duo did not play regularly for the Blues at the time, he says they are not short of talent.
Loftus-Cheek said: “When I was at Chelsea training with them obviously Cuadrado didn’t get much game time but he still looked sharp.
“He is so sharp and he can just do things off the cuff, he gets past defenders. As for Falcao, we all know what a player he is. Falcao is always a goal threat and he has been for his entire career.”
If England win on Tuesday, they will face either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals but Loftus-Cheek insists they are not looking past the last-16 tie yet.
He added: “It will be a difficult game, just like any other at the World Cup. So we will need to analyse Colombia and work out how we want to play against them.”
After Southgate’s side safely made it out of the group, they are now 7/1 to win the World Cup outright with Coral.