Why Gareth Southgate urged England players to stay up until 6am after Colombia win

Have you recovered from Tuesday night yet?

England won their first ever penalty shootout in a World Cup against Colombia to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

The Three Lions were seconds away from winning the tie in the regular 90 minutes but Yerry Mina’s header meant England fans had to endure an additional half an hour before the dreaded penalty shootout.

Back in England, it was 21:53 when Eric Dier stroked the ball past David Ospina to send his side through to the last-eight.

In Moscow, it was seven minutes to midnight and the celebrations went long into the night.

The travelling England fans stayed in the Moscow’s Spartak Stadium for hours after the final whistle and were rewarded with the players and staff coming out to thank them after getting showered and changed.

And it was a very late night indeed for the England squad.

They didn’t leave the stadium until 2am but, upon arriving at the training base in Repino, they didn’t go to sleep.

Instead, according to the Daily Mail, they stayed up past 6am to “share stories of their historic performance.”

The report says: “Upon arriving back at their training base the players were greeted by a breakfast spread of food and drink – and rather than retire after a long return journey, the players and staff were invited to stay up and re-live their individual memories.

“Manager Gareth Southgate did not want the moment to pass and, although he hopes there are more times like this with his squad, he wanted them all to recognise their achievements.

“Rather than sleep before light training later on Wednesday afternoon the 22-man squad stayed up.

“Together they sat around sharing their personal recollections of the night, with each offering a different story that was greeted with cheers and applause by the group.”

Just another example of the brilliant team spirit this England side appear to have this tournament.

Hopefully, all the players will be fully recovered – and caught up on their sleep – ahead of Saturday’s quarter-final with Sweden.

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