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Gareth Southgate's side were involved in several heated altercations with their Colombian opposition and defensive midfielder Barrios managed to escape a red card after landing a headbutt on Jordan Henderson.

Maradona, the Hand of God who cheated the Three Lions at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, insists Colombia were hampered by poor refereeing decisions.

Kane won a second-half penalty for England after tangling with Carlos Sanchez at a corner kick, drawing the ire of the Colombian players.

"Probably the dirtiest team I've ever come up against", Stones said of Colombia today.

"But we were very clear and once we'd assessed a couple of injuries that we had, we told the players who they were and they were ready".

"Here's a gentleman who decides, a referee who, if you Google him, shouldn't be given a match of this magnitude... He can not be put in to referee a match of this magnitude", he said.

Over 170,000 people have signed a petition demanding England's World Cup last-16 match against Colombia is replayed.

"The referee disturbed us a lot, in the 50-50 plays, he always made the calls in favour of England", said Falcao.




Yerry Mina became Colombia's second most prolific goalscorer in World Cup history on Tuesday night with his third headed goal of the tournament against England.

"Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them".

In extra-time, the referee halted play following an England throw-in as the intended recipient Harry Maguire was distracted by another ball that would have entered the pitch had the assistant not prevented it from doing so.

"It's a foul by Kane. Colombia died standing. That's why I applaud them". Geiger is looking at the panoramic and when his head moves back, he sees Kane on the floor.

And Southgate says he is not ready to leave the World Cup yet , believing a first World Cup shoot-out win for England will give his team an important boost.

England were the better side without looking too unsafe but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.

But Mateus Uribe rattled the crossbar and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca before Eric Dier tucked away the decisive spot-kick to complete a 4-3 win.

England face Sweden at 15:00 BST on Saturday, a game that will be shown live across the BBC.

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