After England clinched a spot in the knockout round with a pair of wins in its first two games in Russian Federation, manager Gareth Southgate chose to rest eight players for the Three Lions' final group stage game against Belgium.
The 25-year-old midfielder is expected to start against Colombia after making a positive contribution to the group stage, following a great 2017-18 season at Man United in which he became an established first-team player under Jose Mourinho. We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning'.
England were the better side without looking too unsafe but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.
But more than ever when it then fell to Eric Dier to finish the job.
The sea of golden shirts made this place feel more like Bogata than Moscow on Tuesday night, the deafening whistles and cries from the Colombian fans whenever Southgate's side were in possession rendering the England band virtually impotent at times. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted".
However, he hasn't looked match fit at this tournament, so it's not clear if he'll feature against England or not.
England took its foot off the accelerator after an initial two games that couldn't have gone better, resting Kane and seven other regulars in a group match against Belgium that only mattered for either side because it determined who they'd play next. One player who could lose his spot in the starting lineup though, is Dele Alli. But he is also clearly relishing his key role in the England set-up, where he is expected to create for and support Kane, the tournament's top scorer with five goals from his two games.
It's an issue Southgate will have to resolve fast, and he may have to turn to Ruben Loftus-Cheek to help out.
However, a football-loving cat has emerged as a star supporter for England's next World Cup opponents.
Trippier eventually bent that free-kick wide and Kane drove wide before the break, where Sterling's close attention continued as a Colombian coach barged him. The last time they failed to find the net was in a 2-0 loss to England in the 1998 edition.
England's players fumed and Harry Maguire called for the video assistant referee, yet referee Geiger inexplicably only handed out a booking when information came through his headset.
The Arsenal keeper told The Guardian: "We are a better team than four years ago".
If they make it past Sweden and into the semifinals, then assume Croatia will be England's most likely opposition. Colombia built up as the first half drew on, but both teams ultimately went into half-time with the scoreline at nil-nil.