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Pope the secret weapon in England World Cup penalty win over Colombia

England celebrate their penalty victory Credit: PA Images

It was the Pope what won it for England!

That's Cambridgeshire goalkeeper Nick Pope who was credited by England's penalty hero Eric Dier for helping them win the shoot-out.

England beat Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup last night, a first victory in a knockout match at a major finals since beating Ecuador in 2006.

And Spurs star Eric Dier told BBC Radio 5Live it was the former Bury Town goalkeeper who ensured victory.

Watch England Fans at Ipswich Town Fan Park celebrate the win against Colombia

I didn't really think about the history of it we were so well prepared... Personally I've been having a little competition with Nick Pope the goalkeeper. He deserves all the credit because he's the one who's helped me prepare for penalties. It's difficult to score penalties passed him because he's huge, he helped me a lot.

– Eric Dier
Dier on the spot for England Credit: PA Images


Police patrols stepped-up as World Cup kicks off

Northamptonshire Police say they're putting extra officers on patrol and ramping up their drink-drive campaign as the county is swept by World Cup fever.

While police say they don't want to stop people from enjoying themselves, they're wanting people to be aware of their actions and the effects it could have on people around them.

We will endeavour to make sure people in Northamptonshire, whether interested in the football tournament or not, are able to continue with their normal daily lives with the minimum disruption.We’ll be out in force to make sure everyone is safe to drive, both before the matches and after them.

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before and if people have been drinking into the night, there’s a strong chance they may be unfit to drive the morning after.

– Northamptonshire Police

People found drink driving could face a fine of upto £5,000, a 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.

England's World Cup campaign kicks off on Saturday, with Hodgson's squad meeting Italy at Manaus' Arena Amazonia.

World Cup 2014: Norfolk linesman Darren Cann ready for Brazil challenge

There will be 32 nations that will be represented at the World Cup in Brazil, while there are 25 teams of officials from across the globe.

Norfolk assistant referee Darren Cann is part of England's delegation. He's preparing for his second World Cup and hoping its as successful as his first.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake