England took on Colombia in the highly anticipated last 16 knockout stage clash at the Russian World Cup yesterday evening and of course it had to go to the dreaded penalty shootout. I’m not sure what’s in the Russian water but we only went and won it!
Many Wolverhampton Wanderers fans had special reason to watch the tie, irrespective of whether they were supporting Gareth Southgate’s side or not. Speculation earlier in the day had linked us with a possible interest in midfielder Juan Quintero.
Again, these are the sorts of names and calibre of player we are being linked to given our success last season and preparations are certainly continuing ahead of our 2018/19 Premier League campaign, and for those fans with little interest in football outside of the UK, the World Cup has already been somewhat beneficial as we’ve been able to cast our eye over speculated targets and then Rui Patricio, in particular, following our capture of him.
As for Quintero, the 25-year-old is on loan at River Plate from Porto and he’s extremely well known by head coach Nuno Espirito Santo as they worked together in Portugal previously.
With fans getting somewhat excited about the link ahead of the game, it’ll be interesting to see what reactions are today as people critique his performance – I can’t remember him playing after the penalties though if I’m being honest.