You could be forgiven for wondering if Tuesday night was a far-fetched dream but no, it really did happen. England won a penalty shoot-out and are now through to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Gareth Southgate’s side will now face Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon, bidding to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
Colombian defender Yerry Mina sent the game to extra-time after cancelling out Harry Kane’s opener with a dramatic header on the stroke of full-time.
England looked shellshocked for most of extra-time and the travelling supporters inside the Otkritie Arena in Moscow must have feared the worst as penalties loomed.
The Three Lions had never won a penalty shoot-out at a World Cup finals before - and they appeared to be on course for yet more heartache when Jordan Henderson’s spot-kick was saved by David Ospina.
However, Colombia missed their next two penalties while Kieran Tripper and Eric Dier both scored theirs, which meant England had won the match. Extraordinary.
England fans are riding the crest of a wave following their latest victory and who can blame them? They will remember this win for years to come.
England fans love what Shearer did
Because the game was broadcast live in the UK on ITV, the BBC could only show highlights of the match later in the evening.
But England fans who tuned in for the highlights were treated to Alan Shearer singing ‘It’s Coming Home’ - in front of an equally jubilant Gary Lineker. Watch the footage here…
Viewers loved seeing this from Shearer, who captained the Three Lions at several major tournaments during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
You know something special is happening when Shearer is sat there singing ‘It’s Coming Home’ in front of millions of people at home.
Lineker also made viewers smile
Imagine what he’ll actually do if England go on to win the tournament.
Lineker also made viewers smile by saying: “If you think I’m going to give the result away, you’re damn right I am! England won a penalty shoot-out for the first time ever at a World Cup.
“It’s definitely worth seeing again - isn’t it, Alan Shearer?!”
What a time to be an England fan.
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