‘Nothing fazes me’, says Pickford after helping England book semi-final spot

Thibaut Courtois Gary Neville

GETTYChelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and pundit Gary Neville have been criticised for recent comments

England won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out in Moscow on Wednesday (AEST), Eric Dier slotting home after Jordan Pickford had made an exceptional save to deny Carlos Bacca.

In the wake of Belgium's group-stage defeat of England, the Chelsea 'keeper was reported to have criticised England's #1, Jordan Pickford. "You know you are standing there and if we don't get through from a game we played so well in, you know you will continue the history and mindset for teams to come", Southgate said.

Substitute Dier was relieved to see his penalty squirm past David Ospina, after missing a great chance to seal a last-eight spot in extra time.

As long as I'm in the right position, I give myself every chance to save them.

That was somewhat overshadowed by Colombia equalising from the resulting corner but Pickford got his moment in the limelight with a shootout save as England triumphed on penalties.

As the goalkeeper of a relegation-threatened team, Pickford stood out with his reflex saves, while he was impressive with his distribution too.

With the squad now back at their base camp in Repino, the focus has been firmly shifted onto quarter final opponents Sweden, who England will meet in Samara on Saturday.

"I want to make that clear", Courtois said after his own stellar performance against Brazil helped Belgium reach the semi-finals.

Maradona said sorry after being rebuked by soccer's governing body following comments he made after England's hard-fought penalty shootout win in Tuesday's game.

"I want to send an important message to those people who think things can be resolved with violence, and with weapons, that they can take someone's life just because they make a mistake, in this case the life of a football player. I just want to be my best".

Thankfully for England fans it was the former, and barely anyone could claim to be prouder of Pickford's heroics than Gary Davison - the father of his high school sweetheart, Megan.

"I never mocked his height, he is a great goalkeeper".

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