England star Jordan Pickford has rubbished insinuations that he is too small to be a world-class goalkeeper.
Recall that Belgium and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had suggested that Pickford was too short after Belgium’s 1-0 Group G 2018 World Cup win over the Three Lions.
However, Pickford who plays for Everton, was the hero on Tuesday after saving Carlos Bacca’s kick in a round of 16 win over Colombia.
“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,” he said after the tie. “It is all about the set position and I got a hand to it. I did all my research.
“We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning.”
He added that, “I was in a massive whirlwind but I saved it with my left hand. I’ve been criticised for going with my top hand, but as long as you save it, that’s all that counts.”
“I might be young but I’ve got good mental strength and experience and I used that today.
“It’s a great night to win a penalty shootout. Ideally we don’t want to be going to a penalty shootout but we are delighted for the fans and the whole country.
“It gives us belief to go into the Sweden game and we will get straight back to business tomorrow.”
England will meet Sweden, in the last eight of the competition on Saturday.