England looked to be heading into the last eight courtesy of Harry's 57th-minute penalty in Moscow, but the towering Yerry Mina headed in a stoppage-time equaliser before a match littered with fouls went to a shootout.
"It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden in my opinion, Sweden today are a very hard team to break down", Swede Eriksson, who led England to the 2002 and 2006 World Cup quarter-finals, told Paddy Power News. "We are there. We've got to go through a couple of games but we can easily compete".
England had lost five successive shootouts before luck finally smiled on them at the compact Spartak Stadium.
A chant that's proved even more popular, so much so that it's arguably the unofficial anthem for fans of the Three Lions in Russian Federation, is England's Going All The Way.
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Wilmar Barrios should have seen red for headbutting Henderson in the first half but England kept composure and streetwise attitude against a Colombia side attempting to outfight in the absence of star James Rodriguez.
To the chorus from September by Earth, Wind & Fire, spirited supporters have changed the lyrics to reflect both the location of the tournament and their conviction that this time it really is going to be England's year.
"They're an outstanding football team and an outstanding symbol of England".
"It is all about the set position and I got a hand to it".
"He made some fantastic saves in the game, delighted for him and delighted for everyone".
Thanks to Pickford that curse is now broken and their best chance in a generation to end 52 years of hurt at the World Cup remains intact.