England booked their place in the Quarter finals of the World Cup after a sensational penalty shootout win over Colombia last night.
The Three Lions took the lead around the 57th-minute mark but Colombia managed to get back into the game thanks to a superb goal from defender Yerry Mina.
Both teams tried to break the deadlock in extra time, but the defences stood firm. Eventually, the game was decided on penalties and Jordan Pickford produced a memorable display for England.
The Everton star was criticised for his showing against Belgium earlier in the competition and he has surely silenced his critics with an imperious display last night.
1998 – Jordan Pickford was the first England goalkeeper to save a penalty in a penalty shoot-out at a major tournament since David Seaman at World Cup 1998 against Argentina. Crucial.#COLENG #ENG #WorldCup #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/qdwp7zRezO
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2018
Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois mocked the England international for the goal he conceded against Belgium in the group stages of the World Cup.
Not only did he save a crucial penalty in the shootout, he managed to keep the scores level during normal time with a fine save off Mateus Uribe.
Jordan Pickford saving Colombia’s penalty sounds better with rave pic.twitter.com/oNXod0IchX
— Adam??????? (@AJRSR5) July 3, 2018
Here is how Twitter reacted to Pickford’s performance last night.
Only Everton and Sunderland fans are allowed to enjoy that Pickford save. The rest of you shitheads wrote him off. How big his arms now? Moved his feet enough? Get to fuck hypocrites.
— azul (@thechicoazul) July 3, 2018
De Gea ?? 3498m vs 3834m ?? Akinfeev
Subasic ?? 4577m vs 4816m ?? Schmeichel
Romelu Lukaku ?? [vs Panama] ? 7948m ? pic.twitter.com/o2nQda6rAV
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) July 4, 2018
Brilliant Jordan Pickford what a great result it’s about time we won a shootout! Eat your heart out all the Pickford doubters we have won a shootout!!! We can go to the final now because we can only get better! Well done Gareth Southgate your team did you proud!!
— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) July 3, 2018
Pickford hasn’t received anywhere near enough credit for this save… pic.twitter.com/i9e2Y33tcA
— Warren Grant (@CoachWG1) July 4, 2018
A word on that Pickford penalty save. Mostly when a keeper saves a penalty it’s because they guessed the right direction. But in this case, a lesser keeper goes under the ball and doesn’t save. The reflexes and strength to keep that out – magnificent.
— Ralf Little (@RalfLittle) July 3, 2018
Well done lads. Chuffed to bits for Jordan Pickford. I’ve no idea why he’s been taking flak. I thought we all wanted England to win this? That means supporting the guys. ?????????.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) July 3, 2018
— Omid Djalili (@omid9) July 3, 2018
— Robbie Mustoe (@robbiemustoe) July 3, 2018
— Richie Veitch (@RichieVeitch) July 4, 2018
I’ve admired #Jordan #Pickford for years and I’m beyond ecstatic that he’s had the chance to really show why he deserves the #England number #1 jersey #ENGvCOL #WorldCup2018 #EnglandvColombia #WorldCupRussia2018
— jhen (@JHens80) July 3, 2018
Get in. Delighted for Pickford. The hero in the shootout. Made a world class save in normal time too.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 3, 2018
Pickford obviously the hero but the absolute balls (technical term) on Marcus Rashford to step forward at his age.
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) July 3, 2018