Pickford reshaping opinions of English goalies at World Cup

Pickford reshaping opinions of English goalies at World Cup

Pickford reshaping opinions of English goalies at World Cup

If England versus Croatia goes to a penalty shootout, the Three Lions will certainly be in safe hands with Everton's Jordan Pickford between the sticks. "We looked like we controlled the game".

The last time England reached this stage of any major competition was at Euro 96, when Seaman and Southgate were team-mates on home soil.

"Cancel your plans for Wednesday night - England have reached their first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years", said the Sun yesterday. There was Robert Green allowing a seemingly harmless shot from USA forward Clint Dempsey through his grasp and into the net in a World Cup group-stage game in 2010.

Yet the performances of Gareth Southgate's squad - the second youngest at the tournament - are being celebrated wildly back home.

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"I'm not surprised at all", said 23-year-old Baker about his former MK Dons team-mate.

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"I think Roy took a lot of criticism for that, but he was courageous enough to put a lot of these young players in - and without that experience, we wouldn't have had a day like today because they've learned from that".

Whatever happens in the semifinals or potentially the final, Pickford will return to England as one of the team's star performers in Russian Federation.

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It proved to be a match too far for the Swedes, who advanced further than they ever did with Ibrahimovic - the team's star for more than a decade - by being compact and hard to break down.

It seems that England's most successful World Cup campaign in nearly 30 years is sending fans just a little bit insane.

"I don't think we would have seen the likes of (John) Stones and (Harry) Maguire playing in the way that they did in the past".

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