Connect with us


England are ‘Diernamite!’ Press hail end to penalty shootout woe

London (AFP) – “Just Diernamite!” screamed the Sun after Eric Dier ended England’s penalty hoodoo in Russia, slotting home the decisive spot-kick to beat Colombia and qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals.

A bare-chested, grinning Dier was labelled the “Coolest Man in Moscow” by the Daily Mail, who added with a touch of hyperbole: “The explosion of relief must have been heard in space.”

The Daily Mirror hailed: “Justice as Lions win do-or-Dier shootout” following the 4-3 win on spot-kicks in Moscow.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford earned rave reviews, with the Sun hailing the “Hand of Jord”, harking back back to Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” incident in 1986, when the Argentine put the ball into the net with his hand.

The paper revels in being able to at last print: “It’s the headline we have waited a lifetime to write… England win on penalties (Yes really!)”.

The Times announced drily: “Souvenir edition — commemorating an England penalty shootout win.”

Colombia are roundly panned for their behaviour, with England captain Harry Kane and his team complimented for their coolness in the face of intimidation.

Several former referees writing in the press said Wilmar Barrios should have been sent off rather than just booked for an apparent head butt on Jordan Henderson. 

“Cheats did not prosper. They barged and butted our young Lions but we win battle of Moscow,” said the Daily Mail.

The Mirror labelled them: “Snarling, cynical Colombians,” while the Sun said: “Brute Force — Kane ‘n Co hold their own in street fight.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s quarter-final with Sweden in Samara, the media do not appear to have heeded manager Gareth Southgate’s claim that England have underestimated the Swedes for years.   

“Sweden are like watching bad old England. There is… Nothing to Fear,” trumpeted the Daily Mail.

The Sun believes the shine of beating Colombia will be well and truly taken off should they slip up against the Swedes.

“Fors is Strong… Swedes have no stars…Three Lions shouldn’t make Emil of it,” said the Sun, referring to goalscorer Emil Forsberg, whose strike earned a 1-0 win against Switzerland.  

“If Gareth Southgate’s team cannot take care of this lot in the quarter-finals, they probably should not bother coming home.”

The Times, though, sees things rather differently and issues a warning: “Resolute Sweden a team to be reckoned with.”


200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in AFP

Translate »