JORDAN Henderson admits he will owe fellow Sunderland boy Jordan Pickford for the rest of his life after missing in England’s dramatic shootout triumph over Colombia – but is willing to take another World Cup spot-kick if required.
The Everton player was criticised after conceding Adnan Januzaj’s victor in a group-stage 1-0 loss to Belgium, including by his Belgian counterpart Thibaut Courtois, who said he was too small.
“I’ve got that power and agility to get around the goal”.
Keith Perkins, who is director of a heritage flights company, has offered the squadron to football chiefs after watching Gareth Southgate’s squad’s nerveless penalty shootout victory over Colombia.
“I only said that, because he got a touch, I would have saved it because I am 15cm taller, but I never mocked his height”.
“I did all my research on them, for starters, so we had a fair idea”, he told ITV. I promised myself I would not support any European team in World Cup, but during the group stages two teams really impressed me in France and England.
Soham-born former Ipswich and Bury Town goalkeeper Pope, in Russian Federation as Gareth Southgate’s third-choice goalkeeper, has played a vital role in England’s preparation for penalty shoot-outs in training, with Dier insisting the 26-year-old deserves plenty of credit for his winning effort in Moscow.
“He made some fantastic saves in the game, delighted for him and delighted for everyone”.
England will now face Sweden in the Quarter Final game this Saturday from 3PM on BBC One. “We enjoyed the win but we want to keep this journey going”.
What truly sets Pickford apart from other England keepers is how comfortable he is with the ball at his feet, a significant factor in Southgate’s decision to hand him the No.1 jersey over Jack Butland and Nick Pope.