England, Croatia, Sweden, Russia. Really

World Cup without Zlatan Sweden's team spirit shines

The World Cup hit the pause button today as the eight remaining teams geared up for the quarter-finals after England became the final side to qualify following a penalty shootout win against Colombia.

Luck often has not accompanied Croatia in the knockout stages after bright tournament starts, but having bounced back from the blow of Luka Modric's missed penalty four minutes before the end of extra-time in the last 16, the time for a highly talented generation may have come.

This peaked at 127,000 tweets per minute when Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty in England's narrow second round World Cup win over Colombia last night, an event which momentarily sent the United Kingdom into meltdown.

David Baddiel and Frank Skinner were watching the match in Frank's house - complete with the World Cup wall chart behind them, natch - and shared their celebration post-penalties on Twitter.

Theresa May has said she could not bear to watch the penalty shootout that saw England progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Their last meeting at a major tournament was Euro 2012, where the Three Lions won a gripping encounter 3-2 thanks to goals from Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.

"They've really bought in to everything we've tried to do". "He wanted to see England do well in a penalty shootout during is lifetime".

England now take on Sweden on Saturday afternoon for a place in the World Cup semi-finals, where the winners will take on either Croatia or Russian Federation on Wednesday for a spot in the final.

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"A man like that (Geiger) should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude".

While I'd argue this Croatia team isn't on Brazil's or England's level right now, the structure coach Zlatko Dalic has implemented should see them reach a semifinal.

"We've talked about creating their own stories and creating their own history and we've done a little bit of that tonight".

England do not win penalty shootouts.

Sofia said she would now support England and thinks they have a good chance of making it the final. "It is uncomfortable to play this match with such refereeing decisions".

Certainly more people have learned how to go find its players, 14 of whom play in either Spain, England, Italy, Germany or France, and two of whom, including captain and best player Luka Modric, just celebrated a third straight European Champions League title with Real Madrid.

England will play Sweden at 2am Sunday in their quarter-final match.

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