Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

David Moyes backs Jordan Pickford for England role

David Moyes backs Jordan Pickford for England role

England has finally ended its penalties curse, beating Colombia 4-3 in a shootout after drawing their FIFA World Cup last-16 clash 1-1, following extra time after the South Americans equalised in the 93rd minute.

"I knew I'd been holding it in, holding it together during the shootout, so to then wake up this morning and see it in the nationals is just freakish", he added.

The Chelsea goalkeeper said: 'The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me.

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"He deserves all the praise".

"I might be young but I've got good mental strength and experience and I used that today". He made some fantastic saves in the game.

But it wasn't just the order of penalty takers and psychological preparation that was going on behind the scenes. It wouldn't put me off taking another but it might put Gareth off.

At 6ft 5in, Courtois is one of the most imposing goalkeepers on the global scene and is the joint-third tallest out of 736 players competing at the World Cup this summer. "I'd take another one but obviously it's down to the manager and I would understand if he chose someone else".

Pickford says that he was well prepared after researching the opposition.

Pickford, who missed the post-match celebrations in the dressing room as he carried out a routine Federation Internationale de Football Association drugs test, had studied Colombia's penalty takers, with heavy input from the goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson, the psychologist Pippa Grange and the England set-up's team of performance analysts, led by Steve O'Brien and Mike Baker. His penalties, on the penalty grid, were all over the shop really. It sealed Belgium's position at the top of the table with nine points from nine and left England as runners up.

"When the Dier penalty went in I was so relieved, all the anxiety came out and the crowd exploded".

Several former referees writing in the press said Wilmar Barrios should have been sent off rather than just booked for an apparent head butt on Jordan Henderson. Fifth penalty's got to score to maybe stay in it.

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