Will this be England's year at the World Cup?

Will this be England's year at the World Cup?

Will this be England's year at the World Cup?

Pickford looks a real leader between the sticks, passionate for his country and able to keep a level head when needed.

Apparently nothing fazes Pickford, according to the man himself, who in June a year ago became the most expensive British keeper in history after Everton paid Sunderland £25m for his services.

England manager Gareth Southgate however, chose to deploy Pickford between the sticks, putting his faith on the largely untried and untested Everton keeper in the harsh realities of global football.

The Everton goalkeeper arrived in Russian Federation not even sure he would start, but is putting together an unforgettable tournament, saving Colombia's fifth penalty to tee up England shootout success in the last 16 and producing three stunning saves to help see off Sweden in Saturday's quarter-final.

'I'm already thinking about the next game, ' he said in the aftermath of the last-16 success.

"It gives us belief to go into the Sweden game and we will get straight back to business tomorrow". "I am capable of making these saves and it showed in the performance".

This year, we've also been blessed to witness some "big" teams break respective hoodoos, for instance, England won a penalty shootout in the tournament for the first time in their history.

The win ensured that the Three Lions have advanced to the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 2006.

Seaman added: 'Some of the criticism he got for the goal (against Belgium) when he went with the top hand was a little bit unjust, I just thought it was questionable but that was about it.

Despite his goal, Alli wasn't overall pleased with his own display and saw room for some personal improvement.

"We've worked hard establishing a clear identity in the way that we play. We know how to win".

"It was great to see it happen in a penalty shootout because obviously in the past we've got to that stage and unfortunately it hasn't gone well for us", Dan said.

"The number of touches you have with your feet is exceptionally high in the modern game, especially European and worldwide football.His speed around the goal today, the saves he made at critical times, and generally his distribution, there were some excellent moments".

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