England Goalkeeper Pickford Hits Back At Courtois After Penalty Heroics

Wilmar Barrios headbutt Jordan Henderson

THIS year's World Cup in Russian Federation is being hailed as one of the best ever - and football-mad Clinton FC goalkeeper Dan White wouldn't disagree. As for my own penalty, I just went through the process that I normally do, that I've been working on.

He said on Sky Sports: "The Croatia game is going to be difficult, I think it's going to be our hardest test, but when you look at both teams, for me, England have got a lot more than what Croatia have got".

England will take on Sweden at the Samara Arena, in Samara, at 3pm tomorrow in the World Cup quarter final.

Henderson's passes, blocks, and tricks all drew acclaim from fans as he put his penalty miss vs Colombia firmly behind him.

Gareth Southgate, who handed Pickford his England debut, picked him in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, ahead of the seasoned Joe Hart.

For the entire extra time, The air was heavy with tension - from ballet class to the Royal Opera House to the roadside, England seemed to stop.

Pickford did make a couple of saves, albeit not eye-catching or jaw-dropping, against Tunisia and Belgium in the group stage but it is against Colombia in the last 16 really that he announced his grand arrival in the biggest stage of them all.

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"I can say it is the saddest moment of my career, the pain is great because we knew we could get there, we know we had a chance to go far, to make history".

He said: "At full time I was telling people around me, "Yes we are going to win on penalties" - I didn't believe it".

"I thought we were fantastic".

"I have 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".

"It is all about the set position and I got a hand to it. So we enjoy but then we go again".

Emil Krafth has warned Sweden to be careful around England wing-back Ashley Young in the penalty area during Saturday's World Cup quarter-final - the latest question against the integrity of Gareth Southgate's side.

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