FROM COPPULL TO COLOMBIA: Chorley journalist Carl Worswick gives his two cents on England's World Cup chances

Carl Worswick with Colombian and Newcastle Utd legend Faustino Asprilla
Carl Worswick with Colombian and Newcastle Utd legend Faustino Asprilla
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He’s the man with his eyes on the ball of Colombian football.

So what does Coppull-born journalist Carl Worswick think of England’s chances in Tuesday night's big game?

He said: “This is a really progressive and exciting team. Can they go all the way? There’s been so many shocks this tournament, so why not!”

For the last eight years, Carl has reported on Colombian football from the country’s capital, Bogota.

He is currently in Moscow reporting on Colombia’s World Cup campaign – which could end England’s hopes as they face the Three Lions in a last 16 match-up tonight.

The 37-year-old, who made the move to South American seven years ago said: “I get to watch football for a living, so it’s great.

“Colombia also has an interesting history throughout the whole drug era and its left-wing experiences.”

Carl, who studied at Runshaw College and is fluent in Spanish, thinks that England are the slight favourites going into tonight’s match.

He said: “James Rodriguez’s injury is a big blow because he’s been the most important Colombian player.”

As for England, Carl said: “I like Gareth Southgate as a manager.”