Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Southgate, and England, reap reward for faith in Pickford

Chris Kirkland England GETTYChris Kirkland is not happy with the comments about England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
Cassandra Gardner | 08 July, 2018, 03:52

Following England's 1-0 loss to Belgium in the final group stage game late last month, the Everton goalkeeper came under fire from a small section of fans for failing to prevent Adnan Januzaj scoring the opener which would turn out to be the game victor.

'This team wants to win every game.

"He was outstanding all season and won all of the player of the year awards, and he has taken that into the World Cup", he told Press Association Sport.

He is a great goalkeeper.

The Belgium No1 was accused of mocking Pickford after England's number one failed to save Adnan Januzaj's goal in the sides' Group G clash.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said it was "doing everything within its power to ensure principles of fair play, integrity and respect are at the forefront of this World Cup and how the organisation is now run".

The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me.

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Eric Dier scored the winning penalty at Moscow's Spartak Stadium after hero goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept out Carlos Bacca's spotkick with a magnificent left-handed save. But the giant Chelsea stopper later clarified that he too is a big fan of Pickford.

But, speaking in the aftermath of Belgium's 2-1 quarter-final upset of Brazil on Friday, Courtois was at pains to praise his fellow gloveman.

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

Andreas Brehme's shot deflected up off Paul Parker to give Germany the second half lead and although Gary Lineker equalised - after Paul Gascoigne famously cried when an extra-time booking ruled him out of any potential final - the match went to penalties. "You know you are standing there and if we don't get through from a game we played so well in, you know you will continue the history and mindset for teams to come", Southgate said.

After the match, Courtois was quoted as commenting on Pickford's height as the reason why he only managed to get a hand on Januzaj's match victor, which the Everton goalkeeper later replied to following England's win over Colombia in which he saved a penalty in the shootout.

The modest keeper says that those experiences have helped to make him the player he is today. "It's very interesting and I like it".

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