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England, fans euphoric after shootout triumph

07 July 2018

And following Belgium's 2-1 victory versus Brazil to reach the World Cup semi-final, Courtois continued to talk about Pickford by making it clear he thinks the England worldwide is a "great goalkeeper".

Courtois poured salt in Pickford's wounds following Belgium's Group G victory over England last Thursday by apparently criticising Pickford for the technique he employed when flailing for Adnan Januzaj's curling effort from the edge of the box. "It's all about the set position and I got a hand to it", said the 6ft 1in shot stopper.

"It's hard when you miss and nothing can be said that's going to make it alright but it's not about me, it doesn't really matter now, we won and that's the main thing".

Comments like that are irritating because, as a fellow goalkeeper, he should know that size has nothing to do with your ability as a keeper. I think he is a great goalkeeper.

England were staring a premature World Cup exit in the face after Jordan Henderson missed England's third penalty but Mateus Uribe hit the bar to give Gareth Southgate's men a reprieve.

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Substitute Eric Dier score the winning spot-kick past David Ospina after Jordan Pickford had brilliantly denied Carlos Bacca moments earlier.

"The shortest goalkeeper to ever win a World Cup final was 5'10" Italian Aldo Olivieri in 1939, while Manuel Neuer and Marcos, of Germany and Brazil, towered at 6'4" as the tallest.

The Three Lions were just 90 seconds from the full-time whistle when Yerry Mina scored a dramatic 93rd minute header to send the game to extra time. I've been critcised for going with my top hand, but as long as you save it, that's all that counts.

"He made some fantastic saves in the game".

England face Sweden this Saturday afternoon in the World Cup quarter-finals where the victor will face either Croatia or hosts Russian Federation next week. I've got power and agility. Even when we were behind in the penalty shootout we thought 'please, save one Pickers [Pickford]!' And he did.

England, fans euphoric after shootout triumph