England's Pickford is the perfect modern goalkeeper

England's Pickford is the perfect modern goalkeeper

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 next night we watched Belgium beat Japan 3-2 in the same bar, owned by an Azerbaijani guy, with the Chilean guy in there again - so it was very multicultural, drinking Georgian wine, a couple of local vodkas, it was nice to get a chance to relax.

Henderson, who was outstanding in a game England thought they had won courtesy of Harry Kane's 57th-minute penalty only for Yerry Mina to head a stoppage-time equaliser, insists his miss wouldn't put him off taking another spot-kick but concedes it may be taken out of his hands.

"We know the size of the task and we know the difficulty of this task".

Fabian Delph's return to the group after the birth of his daughter looks a timely boost at a time when England, the top seeds in their half of the draw, can ill afford complacency to seep in.

"I did a lot of research on them, I've got power and agility", Pickford told ITV.

Pickford saved Carlos Bacca's effort to help his nation claim their first ever penalty shoot out win in a World Cup tournament.

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"The coach that barged Raheem Sterling should have had a dig in the nose - I have to be honest - but he was trying to get Raheem Sterling to do that".

"When you are a young player you haven't the fear of missing or losing shoot-outs so I think that is a good omen". Captain Kane, who leads the scoring charts with six goals at the tournament, echoed Southgate's words and said the victory will reinstate further belief in the team.

"I only said that, because he got a touch, I would have saved it because I am 15cm taller, but I never mocked his height".

It was the highest level of club football he had played at, while Pickford also made his England Under-21s debut when with PNE - against the United States at Deepdale. "It will give us huge belief".

"We are focused and back to work already. Ideally, we don't want to be going to a penalty shootout but we are delighted for the fans and the whole country".

But speaking after Belgium's quarter-final win over Brazil, Courtois moved to explain the comments calling his Premier League rival "a great goalkeeper". If they reach the semi-final you can be sure the fans will be re-watching the highlights for years to come.

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