The last knockout game an England side won was against Ecuador in 2006, and even that was an unconvincing 1-0 victory over a team most people had been delighting in the prospect of the Three Lions hammering.
Though usually the best-case scenario is finishing first, the unpredictable nature of the first two rounds of the group stage has meant that numerous tournament's favourites have actually finished second in their group (or have been knocked out altogether).
After a Colombia headbutt only drew a yellow card from referee Mark Geiger, the tensions continued as the half came to a close. So, now the group-stage is over, we can take a proper look at their potential route to the World Cup final.
Best World Cup finish: Champion, 1966.
Panama were demolished by a clinical England side before Gareth Southgate chose to rest majority of the starters for the match against Belgium.
The South American side go into the match without star man James Rodriguez who has failed a late fitness test that sees him miss out altogether. For England, the player to watch is Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who scored five goals in England's wins over Tunisia and Panama before sitting out the loss to Belgium. They have some good players, but I don't think they will be able to cope with England's high-pressing game.
Sweden, Gustav Svensson advance to quarterfinals with win over Switzerland
The Seattle Sounders midfielder helped lead Sweden to the quarterfinals on Tuesday, beating Switzerland 1-0 in Saint Petersburg. Their build-up play was sloppy, with the best effort falling to Remo Freuler with a late header that was saved by Robin Olsen .
England vs Colombia kicks off at 7pm, with coverage on the TV starting from 6.30pm. If the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that free week, fans can watch the Colombia vs. England match - and all World Cup matches during that weeklong period - streamed live at no charge. David Ospina will play a grander role in calming the defensive line and ensuring they keep their shape and cool on the pitch.
When Belgium and England play their last 16 matches the lineups will bear little resemblance to those on Thursday.
Whenever England plays a knockout game, the conversation back home inevitably turns to the team's dismal record in penalty shootouts. "It is a day to be very proud of these players".
The result means Belgium, who won all three of their group games to finish on nine points, will face Japan in the last 16.
Radamel Falcao will pose another threat to England's defence.
England played well in the group stage, led by captain Harry Kane's sensational scoring.