Mexico and England played out a low-key scoreless draw in Cartagena, leaving El Tri as Group F runners-up, while the Three Lions will be optimistic of progressing as one of the best third-place teams.

The two teams produced an uninspiring performance in warm conditions with the respective goalkeeper’s spectators for large periods of the match.

England custodian Jack Butland was the busier of the two and produced the pivotal moment of the match by saving a Taufic Guarch penalty on 13 minutes.

The dangerous Guarch was at it again soon after with a nice shot from the corner of the penalty area, but the ball marginally cleared the crossbar.

Mexico, and that man Guarch, seemed set to break the deadlock approaching the half-hour mark but again Butland impressed in making a fine stop with the El Tri attacker through on goal.

There were further efforts from Guarch and Erick Torres, while Mexico were largely untroubled at the back by an England forward line yet to find the target in the tournament.

Nevertheless, it was England who seemed set to open the goalscoring soon after the break with Dean Parrett crossing the ball for Saido Berahino, whose volley was spectacularly saved by Jose Rodriguez.

In a second half of little action the best chance for Mexico fell to Torres, but the No10 could only direct his shot from 12 metres past the post after an expert free-kick played into the danger area by Diego De Buen.

England enjoyed a rare sight of goal ten minutes from time but Parrett blazed over the crossbar from 25 metres.