However, Swedish-born Eriksson insists it would be foolish to dismiss England's quarter-final opponents after they topped a group featuring Germany and Mexico before ousting Switzerland in the last 16.
However, Colombia's hopes were ended by a 4-3 shoot-out loss, despite Yerry Mina's second-half stoppage-time goal cancelling out Harry Kane's penalty to earn a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Ultimately, stepping up to take a penalty in a World Cup takes a great deal of courage.
Sterling suggested he would not be seeking any further action against the coach, content to leave Spartak Stadium with a quarter-final date against Sweden on Saturday in the schedule.
'We knew what would get thrown at us and that was kind of silly from him.
But Southgate hasn't tried to hide away from his own misfortune in the glare of the world - from the self-deprecating Pizza Hut advertisement at the time to talks with the England squad now under his command.
England had their list of kickers well prepared in advance but substitutions made during the game forced a change to the list of five kickers with Eric Dier stepping in.
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"With all due respect, Pierluigi Collina, as the man who designates the referees, he is very bad", said Maradona.
As it has been all tournament, the Three Lions' best route to goal appeared to be a set piece, but despite getting numerous opportunities to deliver the ball into the box, they weren't able to punish the Colombia defense.
"I felt hurt and moved for my players, because I think we deserved to win tonight", said the coach. Hopefully it will give belief to the generations of players that follow. I just kind of looked back at him, but we knew their game plan and exactly what they were trying to do.
"I found it peculiar that they put an American referee in this instance".
"Thank you warriors! Colombia departs from the World Cup with their heads high", RCN Noticias TV said in their online match report.
Colombia was given six of the eight yellow cards handed out by Geiger and were whistled for 23 of the 36 fouls called in the contest.
"Obviously we'd spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch", the Spurs striker said.