Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Courtois speaks on mocking England goalkeeper, Pickford

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       Peter Shilton was impressed by Jordan Pickford's crucial penalty save against Colombia in the World Cup 2:23 Peter Shilton was impressed by Jordan Pickford's crucial penalty save against Colombia in the World Cup
Cary Erickson | 09 July, 2018, 14:17

England have their best chance in decades to lift the World Cup, having fallen short in the semi-finals in 1990, and the nation's media are getting into a frenzy. The victory left revelers in Montreal's Burgundy Lion feeling pretty good - though the liquid refreshments may have helped.

Schmeichel praised the sheer variety of England set piece play, which has turned into a "serious weapon" for them at Russian Federation 2018 - three-fourths of their goals have come from the dead ball - and reserved special praise for the scorer of the opener in Samara.

Not everyone in the city is thrilled with how things have been going.

Former England centre-back and BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand hails the performance of Jordan Pickford after an inspiring display in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Of those who did show up at his restaurant on Saturday, there was one table of Sweden fans who came in, only to witness the loss to England.

"I'm so, so proud of what all of the players and all of the staff have done because we've got to this point because the collective has been so strong".

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"Is the World Cup any different? No, not really. You can say that, but when players are also working as electricians and stuff like that, it's still pressure".

"A lot of people think I am only young, but it is my second season in the Premier League, and I do not feel as if I am far away from guys like that [Courtois]". That was the hard task.

"It is all about learning, and that is what I did in those leagues. And I just enjoy it".

'Playing in those big games is something special and it gives you confidence to know that you can perform at the very, very top against the best players in the world and I've just tried to continue that with England'. 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.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC.