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James Rodriguez Ruled Out Of England-Colombia Clash

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James Rodriguez Ruled Out Of England-Colombia Clash

James Rodriguez will miss out for Colombia while Dele Alli is back for England as Gareth Southgate has named the same XI he picked against Tunisia for the Three Lions last-16 match.

James came off with a calf problem after just a half hour in his nation’s group stage finale against Senegal – a 1-0 victory which saw the South Americans advance as Group H winners.

The Bayern Munich man will now miss the match entirely and is one of two changes for Colombia, as Jose Pekerman has also sat Andres Uribe, with Wilmar Barrios and Jefferson Lerma coming into the side.

Meanwhile, Alli returns after suffering a thigh strain in the 2-1 win over Tunisia in the group stage opener.

Alli’s Tottenham team-mate and World Cup Golden Boot leader Harry Kane also returns to the XI after being rested for the 1-0 loss to Belgium in the group stage finale.

Kane, who has five goals in his two games, will pair with Raheem Sterling up top.

Alli will team with Jesse Lingard, and Jordan Henderson in the midfield, with Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young providing the width.

Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire will form the back line in front of Jordan Pickford in goal.

Fabian Delph is not on the bench for the Three Lions as he remains in England awaiting the birth of his third child.
England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Lingard, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane

Colombia XI: Ospina; Arias, Davinson, Mina, Mojica; Barrios, Sánchez, Lerma; Cuadrado, Quintero; Falcao.

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