As well as incorporating elements of play into even the duller parts of training, like a warm-down - he had players racing inflatable unicorns in the pool - the coach had players practicing penalties ahead of the Colombia game.
There had been precious little drama - though much petulance - throughout most of normal time as a Colombia side shorn of injured playmaker James Rodriguez set out to defend.
The win sees England move on to the quarters where it will face Sweden, while Colombia goes home.
"Muriel is an option (if James is not fit)".
Another talking point would be Carlos Sanchez.
Dele Alli is also back in the team after missing the past two games following a thigh strain he picked up in the opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia.More news: Trump delaying NAFTA deal until after midterm elections
England definitely has the offensive edge in this game, but Colombia can neutralize it if they can shut down Kane.
Gareth Southgate's side faced Belgium in Moscow on Thursday night where the victor was to finish top of the group, however, would also arguably face a tougher run to lifting the trophy.
Had Colombia played the expansive passing game that proved too much for Poland during the group stages, they would surely have made life more hard for England, who have always found it tough against opponents who can dominate possession.
Quintero in particular will be crucial especially if James is absent.
Mina became the first player in the World Cup with three headed goals since Germany's Miroslav Klose in 2005, adding to earlier tallies vs. Senegal and Poland.
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Measure Kane's five goals against Rodriguez's uneven, injury-interrupted play, and it's easy to see why England has been a darling of the World Cup and Colombia has yet to impose its will upon the tournament.
England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three out of four in the European Championship and looked on course for another nightmare when midfielder Jordan Henderson saw his spot-kick saved by David Ospina.
Under the guidance of Argentine maestro Pekerman, a new generation has since emerged and this game represents the chance for them to prove their credentials and reach back-to-back World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the country's history.
It was the most intimidating atmosphere England have experienced so far this World Cup, the players being jeered as they entered the pitch for the warm up. Kane has 13 goals in nine games under Southgate and 11 in his seven appearances as England's captain.
In their last major tournament, England suffered an embarrassing elimination at the hands of Iceland in the last 16. "(Rodriguez) holds a threat and we're aware of that, but they've got a great squad".More news: Melania Trump Makes Second Migrant-Crisis Visit