Jordan Pickford clap back at Thibuat Courtious saying he believe in himself after heroic night against Colombia.
6ft 6in Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had criticised his rival for being ‘too short’ to save Adnan Januzaj’s winner when the two sides met, but Pickford thwarted Colombia to help England advance to the World Cup quarter-finals.
‘I did all my research. I’ve got power and agility. 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,’ the 6ft 1in keeper said.
Pickford dived to his right and Carlos Bacca sent a powerful penalty down the middle but a firm left palm denied the striker.
The Everton keeper continued: ‘It’s all about the set position and I got a hand to it.
‘We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning.’
Eric Dier then went on to convert the next spot kick and the squad celebrated their pulsating victory in scenes of utter jubilation.
When Pickford conceded in the 1-0 defeat by Belgium, Courtois said the Englishman was ‘too short’ to have saved Adnan Januzaj’s effort.
The Chelsea man even brazenly claimed he would have caught the ball.
Clearly the dig stung Pickford and he felt the need to reference his size in the post match interview having produced the vital save.
The 24-year-old produced an assured display over the entire match and made one brilliant save from Matias Uribe’s rasping effort late on before Yerry Mina’s stoppage time equaliser.
Pickford will be central to England’s progression in Russia and may yet have to repeat his heroics on penalties.