Davinson Sanchez has said he will do his best to stop his Tottenham teammate Harry Kane when Colombia meet England in the World Cup Round of 16.
Following their defeat to Belgium in the final group game, England lined up a meeting with Colombia in the first knockout round.
Kane is currently the top scorer at the tournament with five goals, having scored twice against Tunisia followed by a hat-trick against Panama.
After making a costly mistake in Colombia’s opening game defeat to Japan, Sanchez has been part of a defence that has kept successive clean sheets against Poland and Senegal.
Sanchez has been speaking about coming up against Kane and the possiblity of facing some of his other Spurs teammates.
“Harry is a compañero, a mate,” said Sanchez (via the Guardian).
“I haven’t spoken with him, although we’ve got a WhatsApp group there [at Tottenham] and we say congratulations to each other when we score or when we win.
“I’m happy for Harry because he’s in a great moment but if I play against him, I’ll try to stop him.
“Who we faced was not in my hands and I’ve also got Belgian teammates at Tottenham. But obviously being more familiar with the Premier League, I’m going to prefer England as opposition.
“Can we beat them? Anything is possible.”
Sanchez’s talent and potential is becoming increasingly evident as he continues to prove why Spurs broke their transfer record to sign him from Ajax last summer.
Tottenham are expected to sign another centre-back this summer to provide further competition for Sanchez, with Toby Alderweireld set to leave the club.