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England penalty takers: Are these the five players set to take Colombia spot-kicks?


Gareth Southgate’s men looked to be heading into the quarter-finals thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty.

But the Three Lions suffered heart-break when Yerry Mina headed home in injury time to force extra-time.

England haven’t won a knockout game in a major tournament since 2006 and their last victory on penalties was at Euro 96.

Since then, penalty shootout defeats to Germany, Argentina, Portugal (twice) and Italy have ended England’s run at major tournaments.

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Of course, Southgate and the whole of England will be hoping it doesn’t come down to a battle from 12 yards.

But if it does go to a shootout, the Daily Mail report that five players have already put their hands up to try to be a hero.

Harry Kane, England’s regular penalty taker and the leader in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, has unsurprisingly volunteered.

It’s claimed that he will be joined by Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young.

Young is the only one to have previously taken part in a shootout for his country, missing as England were dumped out of Euro 2012 by Italy.

Henderson was also on the pitch that evening in Kiev but did not take a penalty as the Italians won 4-2 on the shootout after a goalless draw.



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