England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was one of his Country’s hero’s last night as the Three Lions sealed a famous penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Most England fans were fearful when the scores were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes of football, due to their abysmal record from the spot at major tournament. However, Gareth Southgate’s young side bucked the trend of failure from 12 yards, with the young Everton ‘keeper one of the stars of the show, pulling off a superb one handed save from Colombia striker Carlos Bacca.
Pickford had come in for some stinging criticism from former England defenders Gary Neville and Lee Dixon for his attempts at stopping Adnan Januzaj’s winner during their last game against Belgium and Tuesday night’s game, the 24-year-old was quick to respond to those critics.
”I was in a massive whirlwind but I saved it with my left hand.’ Pickford told BBC Radio 5 live
“I’ve been critcised for going with my top hand, but as long as you save it, that’s all that counts.
“I might be young but I’ve got good mental strength and experience and I used that today.
“It’s a great night to win a penalty shootout. Ideally we don’t want to be going to a penalty shootout but we are delighted for the fans and the whole country.
“It gives us belief to go into the Sweden game and we will get straight back to business tomorrow.”
England’s victory over Colombia now means they will meet Sweden in the quarter final next Saturday.