But England held their nerve to make it through the dreaded penalty shoot out.
"Gareth has said "we are going to embrace this, enjoy it, play" and hopefully they carry on doing this because at the moment, and I think I speak for everybody when I say this, the whole country has fallen in love with England again".More news: Saudi Arabia says ready to pump more oil to balance market
But after the match - and England's victory - fans could afford to be more philosophical about the play-acting of the Colombians.
England substitute Dier missed the best chance of the extra period when he headed over the bar but he made up for it in emphatic fashion with the winning penalty in the shootout.
This time, it was different.
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A win against Colombia would leave England among as the favourites to reach the final from their side of the bracket, and the Three Lions' all-time leading goal scorer said the young squad have the ability to take the game to the South Americans.
Fans leaving the Flat Iron Square bar chanted, "football's coming home", a 1996 song by pop band the Lightning Seeds adopted by supporters as the anthem of the England soccer team.
Now bookmakers say England, unfancied at the start of the tournament in Russian Federation, are second favorites to win the 2018 World Cup, behind five-times winners Brazil. I just try and stay clear of it.
"We were so unlucky to concede in the last minute, but we stood up, we were tall and didn't let it affect us", said the captain.More news: Avid ballet dancer loses legs in Bahamas tour boat explosion