May couldn't watch 'nerve-wracking' England shootout win

05 July, 2018, 22:33 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium

On Tuesday, Pickford was the hero for the Three Lions as he saved a spot kick from Bacca in the shoot-out which ensured England progressed to the quarterfinals where they will face Sweden on Saturday.

While he would be unlikely to start the fixture against Sweden anyway, manager Gareth Southgate will hope to have the 31-year-old available to provide a different option if things aren't going to plan. "It is a moment that will live with me forever, sadly", Southgate said of his miss 22 years ago.

Jose Mourinho has claimed that England have a very real chance of reaching the World Cup final after they reached the last eight with a penalty shootout win over Colombia in Moscow.

Captain Harry Kane ran straight to Pickford after his Tottenham teammate Eric Dier slotted home the winning penalty.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration", a spokesman for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said.


Thirty minutes of extra time failed to celebrate the sides, before the young England team exorcised the demons of shootouts past with a 4-3 spotkick win.

"I knew the messages that I wanted to give the players, that we were in control of the process".

"It was a top-class save".

Southgate's confidence about penalties is somewhat surprising given England had only won one shootout in their history - but this was reward for months after hard work and preparation. "You don't always get what you deserve in life, but tonight we did".

Southgate also said he was not surprised by the physical approach from the South Americans.

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