England must be wary of ‘formidable’ Colombia, warns Lukasz Fabianski

• ‘They tore us apart in group,’ admits Poland goalkeeper
• Midfield particularly strong with Rodríguez and Quintero

Lukasz Fabianski has warned England that Colombia are formidable opponents and capable of tearing teams apart if they get control of the game. Reflecting on the way in which Poland were comprehensively outclassed and outplayed by Colombia during their 3-0 defeat in Kazan, Fabianski described José Pekerman’s side as “the team to avoid at this stage” and highlighted the quality of their midfield in particular.

England face Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday after losing their final group game against Belgium on Thursday to finish second, with that 1-0 defeat putting Gareth Southgate’s side in the easier half of the draw in the eyes of some. Yet Fabianski, who made his first appearance at the World Cup finals in Poland’s 1-0 win over Japan, believes that England have made life a lot harder for themselves in another respect.

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