Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Courtois Issues Message To Pickford After Belgium's Victory

Courtois Issues Message To Pickford After Belgium's Victory

England reach World Cup quarter-finals with penalty shoot-out win over ColombiaThe Three Lions reached the quarter-finals in Russian Federation after prevailing 4-3 on spot kicks against Colombia after a 1-1 draw.

Just a few days after being criticised by Chelsea and Belgium No1 Thibaut Courtois and several TV pundits, Pickford was basking in the glory of being England's shoot-out hero. He got a bit of criticism last week, undeservedly, so I am so happy for him to achieve that.

"Pickford, for me, is the sort of prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be", he said.

Even when opposition forwards lay siege to England goal's, Pickford barely panics, and just passes the ball to the closest man around, instead of just kicking it to the other half of the field.

"I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear, because I would never mock the height of a goalkeeper".

However, a save by Jordan Pickford and confident penalties by Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier helped England to victory - taking them into the quarter finals for the first time in 12 years.

England meet Sweden in Samara on Saturday with a place in the semi-finals of the tournament up for grabs.

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"It is all about the set position and I got a hand to it".

Twelve years later the near-39-old David Seaman stood motionless as Ronaldinho's speculative long-range shot floated over him nearly in slow motion as Brazil knocked England out in the quarter-finals.

"I think we've learned a lot from the game so hopefully we can take it in to the next one". We've got an outstanding mentality.

It's like the gaffer said, however long it takes, if it takes extra time, if it takes penalties, we're going to win this game.

"It's about keeping performing and getting better, and the more games you play, the better you become".

Yes, on paper, this looks like a very winnable tie, but as we know, matches at this stage aren't won on paper and England fans just have to look to the Three Lions' record against Sweden for evidence of that.

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