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WATCH: '180!' England's Harry Kane on target again

England play Colombia in their World Cup last-16 match on Tuesday in what is one of the biggest games in the country's recent history

England play Colombia in their World Cup last-16 match on Tuesday in what is one of the biggest games in the country's recent history.

But if there was any pressure, you couldn't tell it on the players' faces on Sunday.

Captain Harry Kane played darts with a member of the media with a big smile on his face and appeared relaxed when talking to journalists and colleagues.

Elsewhere at England's team base in Repino, Russia, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard played a game of bowling in front of the cameras; laughing and having a good time.

The two forwards even felt cheeky enough to nab a croissant each as they left the media area.

England will train at their team base on Monday before travelling to Moscow ahead of Tuesday's match at the city's Spartak Stadium.

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With Sunday night's last-16 matches between Spain and Russia and Croatia and Denmark decided by penalties - Russia won 4-3 and Croatia 3-2 - Rashford, 20, had earlier told reporters that despite having never taken a first-team penalty he has already let it be known that he wants to step up if England find themselves in a World Cup shoot-out.

Rashford is expected to drop back to the bench when England take on Colombia on Tuesday in the last 16, but if the game gets into extra time the Manchester United forward would surely be on the pitch at Spartak Stadium.

Rashford claims never to have missed from the spot at youth level but has never been given the chance by club or country to test his mettle on the big stage.

Yet England's extensive preparations, which have been formally ongoing since March and have been a daily feature of their sessions at their Zelenogorsk base camp, have left him full of belief that he should be on Gareth Southgate's list of takers.

"I think he knows the players who are confident in those circumstances. I'd be willing to step forward," he said.

"Not everybody here is a penalty taker for their club. It's more if you feel comfortable taking one, which I do, that's the way you go about it. If you don't feel comfortable you have to be honest with yourself. That gives the team the best chance."


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Updated: July 2, 2018 10:26 AM



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