England Goalkeeper Pickford Hits Back At Courtois After Penalty Heroics

  • England Goalkeeper Pickford Hits Back At Courtois After Penalty Heroics

England Goalkeeper Pickford Hits Back At Courtois After Penalty Heroics

England progressed to the quarter finals of the World Cup in Russian Federation courtesy of their first penalty shootout win in the competition, ending a decades-long run of heartbreaking exits from major tournaments and sparking mass celebration in London. "I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper because it's about being there in the moment and making the save and I was".

Following their dramatic win, England will now face Sweden in the quarter-finals, even as they look to win their second World Cup trophy in history.

"We had a cruel blow on 90 minutes which we had to show incredible resilience to come back from", said a relieved Southgate, whose own penalty miss cost England in the semi-finals against Germany at Euro '96.

England penalty hero Jordan Pickford has responded to a comment made from Belgium and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois concerning his height following his penalty shootout heroics against Colombia on Tuesday. I've got power and agility. "We had the belief and the resilience to get over the line".

Southgate's squad were due to take part in a light training session in Repino on Wednesday afternoon as part of the recovery process and will fly to Samara on Friday.

"It was a top-class save".

"It's a great night to win a penalty shootout. We go to a quarterfinal, but I don't want to go home yet".

"I knew the messages that I wanted to give the players, that we were in control of the process".

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 think we've always underestimated them", Southgate said.