England have defeated Colombia on penalties to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. One of the heroes of the night was Eric Dier. He showed steely determination to fire home his penalty, the decider, and give England the win.
But whilst one Tottenham player can revel in his heroics, a potential future team-mate also had something to prove.
Wilmar Barrios has been linked with a move to Tottenham throughout the summer. Spurs were first linked with the Colombian midfielder in May. The Sun reported that Mauricio Pochettino was a big fan of the Boca Juniors star and a £25 million move was being mooted.
Today he showed that he might be a decent acquisition for Tottenham Hotspur.
The 24-year-old was one of Colombia’s better players throughout the game. He often broke up the play, covered the ground effortlessly and looked to have the passing range necessary to be a Tottenham player.
There is still much for him to learn but at 24 and without any European experience it is fair to say he could learn a lot in North London. Like how to control his temper. He should have been sent off for a headbutt on Jordan Henderson in the game. It was the only blip in an otherwise impressive display from the midfielder.
But, from what he showed during this competition, at the right price Barrios could be a good recruit for Tottenham.