Crewe Alexandra defender Michael Raynes believes that the World Cup in Russia has arguably been the most exciting in his lifetime. The Manchester-born centre-half is eagerly looking forward to tonight’s knockout encounter between England and Colombia and he admits that the nation has never had a better chance to progress to the later stages of the competition.
Although every fixture is tricky and there are no guarantees, England have avoided the stronger side of the draw and will avoid favourites France and Brazil.
Raynes told the club’s official website: “I have really enjoyed the World Cup. For me it is one of the best I’ve seen so far. There has been something to enjoy in every game. I think it has been brilliant.
“Take last night’s game with Belgium and Japan. It was unbelievable and real edge of the seat stuff.
“England have a massive test tonight but if we can get past Colombia then we have a great chance. It’s two games away from the final.
Michael added: “The expectation has been raised with the draw but it could be worse. We are good enough to win the game and it is one to look forward to. “