England penalty hero Jordan Pickford has responded to a comment made from Belgium and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois concerning his height following his penalty shootout heroics against Colombia on Tuesday.
Speaking to MailOnline following England’s dramatic win over in Moscow, the 24-year-old fired back at the jab made after the Everton keeper conceded a goal to Adnan Januzaj during the group stage. Courtois claimed that Pickford was ‘too short’ to keep out the strike that helped Belgium claim a 1-0 win over England in Kaliningrad.
Pickford said: “I did all my research. I’ve got power and agility. I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper because it’s about being there in the moment and making the save and I was.”
Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s effort to help his nation claim their first ever penalty shoot out win in a World Cup tournament.
In the memorable victory, the former Sunderland keeper put in an assured display, making one outstanding stop from Matias Uribe’s stunning volley in injury time. His save couldn’t keep his side from surrendering the lead moments later from the following corner which took the tense encounter to extra time.
Pickord also shed light into the belief in the England camp, even through the adversity which Gareth Southgate’s side faced last night.
He added: “We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning.”
Pickford and England will now prepare for Saturday’s quarter-final encounter with Sweden, who overcame Switzerland yesterday to reach the last eight.
A win over Sweden would take the Three Lions to only their third World Cup semi final in history and Pickford could be vital if another shootout arises.