England's John Stones says Colombia are 'dirtiest team'

Harry Kane

REUTERSHarry Kane will resume his place in the starting line-up after being rested against Belgium

Earlier Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his sixth goal of the tournament, and England looked to be through until Yerry Mina headed an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time.

Gareth Southgate's men prevailed in a fiercely competitive match against the South Americans, but Maradona has since hit out at first official Mark Geiger for awarding England a penalty after Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground by Carlos Sanchez.

Argentina's Diego Maradona has launched a scathing attack on the England football team, accusing the Three Lions of "monumental robbery" during Tuesday night's win over Colombia.

"We were so unlucky not to go through in 90 minutes", said Kane, who also converted his shootout kick along with Marcus Rashford and Kieran Tripper. "It was a hard situation to be in, but one we overcame and can be proud of".

Asked to expand on the other Colombian spoiling tactics, Stones said: "I'd rather not say, otherwise I reckon it could get me in a bit of trouble".

"The referee disturbed us a lot, in the 50-50 plays, he always made the calls in favor of England".

"It is true that I did not shine as I had wanted in England but that is part of the past", said the 32-year-old striker.

They are now through to a quarter final against Sweden on Saturday but they had to do it the hard way after conceding a late goal after leading 1-0 for most of the second half.

"I'm just sorry for the whole Colombian people", Maradona said.

Southgate admitted that England can only be regarded as a top team if they manage to beat top teams, something which was highlighted by their loss in their final group, against Belgium, last week. A man like that [Geiger] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.

Lest we forget it is but two years since everybody seemed to have England paired up with France in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals already without even considering what a mess they could make of Iceland at this exact same stage.

"They have good plans, they have a clear way of playing - and it's bloody hard to play against".

Football's world governing body added it was "extremely sorry" to read the comments from "a player who has written the history of our game".

"But I truly hope that, if Colombia failed to meet these expectations, then the tragedy that happened to my brother doesn't repeat itself".

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