England star Henderson in debt to fellow Wearsider Jordan Pickford

Jul 08, 2018, 03:48
England star Henderson in debt to fellow Wearsider Jordan Pickford

England won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out in Moscow on Wednesday (AEST), Eric Dier slotting home after Jordan Pickford had made an exceptional save to deny Carlos Bacca.

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.

Everton's Pickford made his England debut seven months ago and had only three caps before the World Cup but Southgate let him know he would be his first-choice. "The other keepers and I, and Marge [the goalkeeping coach, Martyn Margetson], work hard every day to make these saves become a bit easier".

Substitute Dier was relieved to see his penalty squirm past David Ospina, after missing a great chance to seal a last-eight spot in extra time.

'It's all about the set position and I got a hand to it.

With England looking to dominate possession more than at previous World Cups, Pickford has only had to make nine saves so far this tournament - facing just 13 shots on target (excluding penalty shootouts) - although his latest three were all of the highest order.

According to several sport outlets in Europe, more than 200,000 people have signed a petition demanding a replay between Gareth Southgate's men and "Los Cafeteros".

Belgium's Thibaut Courtois appeared to question Pickford's height for a top class goalkeeper at 6ft 1ins (1.85 metres) tall.

In just his eighth global appearance, Pickford became the youngest English goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the World Cup by flying left and right to deny Marcus Berg and Viktor Claesson before showing his agility by tipping another rising Berg effort over. I just keep myself level-headed and do my best for the team. "We know how to win".

"This thing about Jordan, I want to clarify it because I heard a lot of stuff".

"So, to be able to play the way I think we want to play moving forwards, we need goalkeepers of that ilk".