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       Harry Maguire says it is a dream come true playing for England at the World Cup and is excited about taking

Pekerman said: "We had good news after his medical tests".

Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young have volunteered to take a penalty should England's World Cup tie with Colombia go to a shootout.

The Golden Boot victor at the World Cup four years ago lasted only 30 minutes in their dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal that saw them advance through the group stage but he could recover for Tuesday's match.

Rodriguez did not start the training session with the team on Monday but instead did stretching exercises.

"We still have one-and-a-half days to see how he feels, and as always we hope that he will be able to play in the following games", Peckerman said, according to Sky Sports.

If Rodriguez can't play, Pekerman said forward Luis Muriel will step in - as he did against Senegal.

He thinks one of France, Brazil or England will lift the World Cup in less than two weeks time. "He's technically gifted. He's really fast and can play well with teammates", Pekerman said of the Sevilla forward.

'I think both managers did well. "We are quite stable even when things turn hard", said the 68-year-old.

Belgium set up a quarter-final against Brazil on Monday after Nacer Chadli grabbed a dramatic late victor, with the match poised to go into extra-time.

The Argentine praised England, saying they were favourites and had the advantage of having rested many players in their final group match as they had already secured their knockout spot early.

"I said many times that no country under 40 million people has won the World Cup since 1954. We know the quality of his finishing, so he's a player that we know all about and we wouldn't judge him on the period he had in the Premier League, that's for sure".

"Of course, I can see everybody is more excited as the team progresses, but we have to think separately of everybody else, otherwise we just get carried away on the wave of emotion and not thinking clearly about what we have to affect, focusing on performance".

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