England Goalkeeper Pickford Hits Back At Courtois After Penalty Heroics

Annette Crawford
July 7, 2018

He not only produced a stunning save in normal time but also prevented Carlos Bacca from scoring in the penalty shootout.

Eric Dier hopes England's dramatic World Cup penalty shoot-out win over Colombia on Tuesday has put them back in the nation's "good books".

Jordan Henderson has insisted that his penalty shootout miss will not stop him volunteering to take another against Sweden on Saturday, although he isn't as confident that Gareth Southgate holds the same view.

England now take on Sweden on Saturday afternoon for a place in the World Cup semi-finals, where the winners will take on either Croatia or Russian Federation on Wednesday for a spot in the final.

"I've never really been in a situation like that before but felt I had to score after missing the header at the end, so I'm just thankful I scored", said Dier on ITV after the game.

I think he is a great goalkeeper, he proved that this year.

"We don't know when they're coming back, but hopefully not too soon".

Having analysed all winning goalkeepers in World Cup history, their average height comes to 1.85m which means that Pickford fits the bill exactly and could be the Three Lions' lucky charm in more ways than one.

Former Darlington boss Craig Liddle believes Jordan Pickford was destined for the top - even when he was failing to win a game in the National League. It was very nervous while I was waiting but once I went up there I was alright. I've got power and agility.

Last week there were similar scenes in the Peterborough bar as England fans celebrated Harry Kane's penalty against Panama and his last minute goal against Tunisia. Obviously we spoke a lot about being an inexperienced, young team, but we grew a lot out there tonight.

The 22-year-old has been with the England 'keeper since she was just 14, and moved to Liverpool with him after he signed for Everton in 2017.

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