'Man' not 'mouse' Jordan Pickford laughs off hand injury
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 08, 2018,
Jul 08, 2018, 3:50
Neither side broke the deadlock in extra-time, and so England were faced with two options: finally break their penalty hoodoo or face an early flight home from Russian Federation.
Then Saturday saw him emerge as hero once more, as he pulled off off save after incredible save to keep Sweden at bay in his side's quarter-final victory.
As the goalkeeper of a relegation-threatened team, Pickford stood out with his reflex saves, while he was impressive with his distribution too. I would never mock the height of a goalkeeper, he had a great year, I said because he got a touch I maybe would have saved it because I'm a little bit taller.
Captain Radamel Falcao and coach Jose Pekerman led the team's response as they clapped and waved to the fans gathered in their wake. It's about performing and getting better, and the more games you play the better you become. "We don't want to be going into penalty shoot-outs every game", Pickford said.
Paul Gascoigne famously cried after a booking in the semi-final ruled him out of the final - which England failed to reach after losing to West Germany on penalties. The young players are showing that, enjoying the tournament, and we are looking forward to preparing for the quarter-final.
He joined Darlington as they were under a transfer embargo and could only sign under-19 players but Liddle was immediately impressed.
'I'm already thinking about the next game, ' he said in the aftermath of the last-16 success.
Soham-born former Ipswich and Bury Town goalkeeper Pope, in Russian Federation as Gareth Southgate's third-choice goalkeeper, has played a vital role in England's preparation for penalty shoot-outs in training, with Dier insisting the 26-year-old deserves plenty of credit for his winning effort in Moscow.