Now coach Gareth Southgate will need guide his young players against an experienced Colombia squad capable of dominating both sides of the ball.
The Three Lions beat Los Cafeteros in the last 16 thanks to a 4-3 penalty shootout win after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Tuesday.
Colombia's media also praised what they saw as a gutsy performance by their team, who were without injured Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.
As Pickford punched the goalpost in frustration, supporters in the second tier of the stadium climbed atop each other's shoulders. "Colombia died standing. That's why I applaud them".
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Image: The Argentinian wearing a Colombia shirt on Instagram.
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Bibi Ana Martinez from the coastal city of Buenaventura agreed.
"Every game's a tough game but if there ever was a chance for us to progress it's now", he said. "Some have slept in parks or bus stations but they made sure they are here".
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And, after experiencing his first World Cup, Falcao believes his team will only get better in the next few years. The vibrant Colombia fans belted out their national anthem and bounced in unison, swinging scarves above their heads.
Alex Apati, of Ladbrokes, said: "Patriotic punters have backed England since day one and tonight's game has already broken records in terms of bets placed, with 50% of all bets featuring Harry Kane".
The game itself had been a bad-tempered affair, with eight players booked in total - six Colombians, including Wilmar Barrios, who was lucky to avoid red for a first-half headbutt on Henderson.
Back in England the nation will come together in front of television screens in the hope and expectation that the national team can shrug off the weight of recent history and win a tournament knockout match.
That was until a soft penalty kick was awarded to Kane after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez.
While England and their supporters understandably celebrated their achievement, the game seems to have gathered quite a lot of controversial attention, largely due to questionable refereeing by the American official in charge of the game, Mark Geiger. They were threatening but couldn't crack David Ospina.
Colombian fans react while watching the broadcast of the World Cup Round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and England in Bogota, Colombia July 3, 2018.
Fans from Reading, Morcambe and Stockport hung St George's flags on the wall and recited the full back catalogue of fan anthems, from Vindaloo to Three Lions and World In Motion.
Pickford made a superb save to touch wide what could have been the goal of the tournament from Uribe but from the following corner - Colombia's first of the match - giant defender Mina rose highest to head in the equalizer.