Though usually the best-case scenario is finishing first, the unpredictable nature of the first two rounds of the group stage has meant that numerous tournament's favourites have actually finished second in their group (or have been knocked out altogether).
Despite only winning two of its last eight knockout stage matches, England has scored a goal in 17 of its 18 knockout games at the World Cup.
Third-ranked Belgium avoided joining them on the tournament scrapheap late on Monday, mounting one of the great World Cup comebacks to beat Japan 3-2 in the dying seconds of injury time.
While the English may already be planning their World Cup celebrations, Pekerman and his side will be thinking otherwise and they certainly posses enough quality to book date with either Sweden or Switzerland in the last eight of Russian Federation 2018.
Southgate made eight changes for the final group game against Belgium to keep his top players fresh for Colombia.
Star playmaker James Rodriguez was left out of the squad entirely after suffering a calf injury in Colombia's final group-stage match against Senegal last week.
England controlled the ball for the majority of the first half, but struggled to break down a Colombia side playing three defense-minded midfielders in Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma and Wilmar Barrios.
The Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup lasted only 30 minutes in their 1-0 victory over Senegal that saw them advance through the group stage. But, Harry Kane led the Three Lions to a narrow win over the African nation. "We should now be the most positive we have ever been", Gary Neville told ITV following England's loss to Belgium last Thursday. British Summer Time. Fans in the United States can log in to the Colombia vs. England live stream at 2 p.m. It should be a close game, with England having the advantage.
England and Colombia played a scoreless first half in Tuesday's Round of 16 match, but it was a 45 minutes that saw its share of fireworks.
"We are quite stable even when things turn hard". "It is a day to be very proud of these players".
Radamel Falcao will pose another threat to England's defence.
England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to bring captain Harry Kane back in to the starting line up for this clash.