Picking a Colombia & England Combined XI as Los Cafeteros Meet Three Lions in Last 16

England and Colombia will conclude the Last 16 of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday evening as they go head to head in Moscow for a place in the quarter finals.


Los Cafeteros reached that stage only four years ago, but the Three Lions haven't tasted victory in a World Cup knockout game since 2006.


Here's a look at what a hypothetical combined XI might look like:

1. GK - Jordan Pickford (England)

Jordan Pickford won't have been happy with his performance during the 1-0 defeat against Belgium. The Everton stopper could perhaps have done better with the decisive goal and pushed other efforts out in front of him into danger rather than away to safety.


He has had plenty of practice at club level over the last couple of years and remains a goalkeeper with huge potential for the future.

2. CB - Davinson Sanchez (Colombia)

Davinson Sanchez has enjoyed a whirlwind two years after establishing himself at Ajax, securing a £42m move to Tottenham and emerging as one of the very best young centre backs anywhere in the world.


The Caloto-native has incredible powers of recovery such is his pace and strength, while his reading of the game will only improved with age and maturity.

3. CB - John Stones (England)

It was clear to see from his performance against Belgium that John Stones is the leader of England's defence, that's despite being the youngest centre back in the Three Lions squad.


The Manchester City man, who is expected to shake off a minor calf complaint in order to start, is also a danger from set pieces and scored twice in the 6-1 group stage win over Panama. That's as many World Cup goals as Alan Shearer.

4. CB - Yerry Mina (Colombia)

Barcelona defender Yerry Mina is Colombia's greatest threat at set pieces, having scored crucial goals in the group stage wins over Poland and Senegal to get his country through to the knockout stages.


The towering centre back has already scored five international goals in only 14 appearances for his country, a record that many international strikers would envy.

5. DM - Carlos Sanchez (Colombia)

English fans may remember Carlos Sanchez as the hopeless former Aston Villa midfielder, but he is crucial for the balance of Colombia's team as the defensive midfield shield behind more attack minded teammates.


It is the same role he performed so well at the last World Cup in 2014 as Colombia defied expectation to reach the quarter finals - his performances there secured him his move to Villa.

6. RW - Juan Cuadrado (Colombia)

Juan Cuadrado is another Colombian who shone at the last World Cup and is showing his best once more on the biggest stage that international football has to offer.


The Juventus wide-man, who netted his country's third against Poland, had an ill-fated spell at Chelsea not long after the 2014 tournament but has now got his club career back on track in Italy, where he had previously played with Fiorentina.

7. CM - Jesse Lingard (England)

Jesse Lingard was missed as England fell to a 1-0 defeat against Belgium to miss out on top spot in Group G, with the Three Lions lacking any sort of bridge or link between midfield and attack in his absence.


This is his first major international tournament after only making his debut at the end of 2016, but the Manchester United star has already made a huge impact with his performances.

8. CM - James Rodriguez (Colombia)

England fans will be praying that Colombia's biggest superstar is not fit enough to play after limping out of the last group game against Senegal.


James Rodriguez had been left out of the starting lineup in the first game against Japan because of an injury. He returned to make a major impact in the win over Poland that kick started his country's tournament, but clearly wasn't himself in the next fixture.

9. LW - Raheem Sterling (England)

Raheem Sterling still has a lot to prove in an England shirt and didn't take enough advantage of weak opposition to get on the score sheet against Tunisia or Panama.


The 23-year-old, who netted 23 goals for Manchester City in by far the best club season of his career, seems to have lacked confidence in the two games that he has played. But, despite suggestions he could be dropped altogether, he looks set to return.

10. ST - Radamel Falcao (Colombia)

Radamel Falcao had to wait until the age of 32 for his World Cup debut this summer after injury cruelly robbed him of the chance to play in 2014 when he was arguably at his peak.


Colombia's number nine was a shadow of himself when he spent two years on loan in England with Manchester United and Chelsea. He is back to something like his best now, though, after scoring 54 goals for Monaco in the two seasons since then.

11. ST - Harry Kane (England)

England captain Harry Kane didn't lose any ground in the Golden Boot race even though he was rested for the Group G decider against Belgium.


The Tottenham talisman has netted five times at this World Cup so far and will hope that he can find a way to break through Colombia's defence to add to that tally. If he can keep scoring, England should probably start winning again.

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