Colombia ace delivers his verdict on potential England World Cup clash

David Ospina insists Colombia’s players will put England out of their minds ahead of their winner-takes-all clash with Senegal.

The Three Lions will face a nation from Group H in the last 16 of the World Cup, with the South Americans locked in a three-way tussle with their African opponents in Samara on Thursday night, as well as Japan.

Colombia put their tournament back on track by thumping Poland 3-0, but Arsenal keeper Ospina is adamant that Jose Pekerman’s men will not get ahead of themselves.

Ospina, who will be fit to face the Senegalese despite aggravating an ankle problem, said: “We are not thinking about anything apart from the next game.

“We are still in third place in the group and if we don’t win then we are going home.

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“So our concentration and our 100 percent focus is on Senegal, not who we could play in the next round.

“Winning against Poland has put us back in the World Cup. We must not throw the good work away now.

“England? They had a very good result. I didn’t see the game but I know the score. It’s good for them.”

Former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao opened his Russian account with the second goal against Poland.

The 32-year-old disappointed in loan spells at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge before returning to Monaco.

But Ospina said: “Falcao has been a great striker – and I think he is proving that he is still a great striker.

“He is my friend and I am happy for him. It is important to score goals when you are the main forward and now the pressure is not as big.

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“We all hope that Falcao – and the whole team – can go forward from here.”

Colombia’s Argentine coach Jose Pekerman dedicated the powerful performance to suspended Carlos Sanchez.

Colombian police have launched an investigation after the Fiorentina midfielder was sent death threats on social media following his sending off in the 2-1 defeat against Japan.

There is outrage in the South American country because 24 years ago Andres Escobar was murdered in his car by a gunman working for a drug cartel after scoring an own goal in a crucial World Cup clash with the United States.

Ospina said: “Carlos was in our thoughts when we went out to play the game. He inspired us.

“What happened cannot be allowed to happen. It was hard for him because we know the history.

“It was important that the players and the fans showed that they are with him.”

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