England fans firmly believe they have turned a corner after their nation’s first-ever penalty shootout win at a World Cup and winger Jesse Lingard’s tweet post their thrilling win over Colombia on Tuesday night has gone viral for all the right reasons.
Harry Kane’s second-half penalty had seemingly ensured The Three Lions’ progression to the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, only for Yerry Mina’s equaliser deep in injury-time to dash those hopes.
Extra time ensued and while neither side were able to find the back of the net again, England let a massive chance go when substitute Eric Dier got a free header in the Colombian box but couldn’t direct it on target.
After nine consecutive penalty shootout losses, most England fans weren’t hopeful that there would be something different on the cards this time and Jordan Henderson’s miss had them fearing the worst.
However, Jordan Pickford was his country’s saviour on the night as he made a brilliant stop to deny Carlos Bacca and Dier would make amends for his headed miss by converting the decisive spot-kick.
Now, unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of the chant that England fans can’t stop singing and Lingard tweet seems to emphasise just that, albeit in a humorous manner:
No mum, I’m not coming home. It’s… pic.twitter.com/VdFHVoEfTI
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) July 3, 2018
The cringeworthy chant usually gets slammed online, but since Lingard did convert his spot-kick, we are willing to let it slide this time.
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England have a few days to recover from their dramatic shootout win for they take on Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday (19.30 IST).