As the eight countries still in Russia 2018 World Cup race gear up for the quarter final showdowns on Friday and Saturday, soccer buff Ebi Egbe says he sees England going all the way.
Egbe who said he is praying for England’s success said, having survived Colombia in Tuesday night’s second round cracker, Gareth Southgate and his boys would reach the final and lift the trophy.
“England has got a team that is determined and focused. Colombia gave them a good fight. Having survived the Latin Americans, I see them (England) going all the way,” Egbe said.
England would on Saturday do battle with Sweden in the city of Samara after which hosts Russia file out against Croatia.
The penalty shootout victory over Colombia was one Gareth Southgate’s players have used to debunk one of the longest-standing myths: England cannot win a FIFA World Cup™ shootout.
The shootout itself was pure drama. Kieran Trippier, who enjoyed another strong performance, kept his composure to convert where Jordan Henderson had, moments earlier, been denied. Eric Dier’s kick, after a tip-toed run-up, powered past David Ospina to seal the win. Jordan Pickford will be a name for England fans to recall for generations to come. His acrobatic save to stop Mateus Uribe’s attempt was lauded by Southgate.
“It was a top class save,” the coach said. “His athleticism around the goal is excellent. He executed the plan in the penalty shootout. We’d studied all their takers, and great credit to all the staff and to him for taking on board that information and preparing in the right way.”