Courtois keen to put Pickford spat behind him

Elena Summers
July 9, 2018

Jordan Henderson saw his penalty saved but England reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup by beating Colombia in a shootout after a 1-1 draw in Moscow.

The Everton player was criticised after conceding Adnan Januzaj's victor in a group-stage 1-0 loss to Belgium, including by his Belgian counterpart Thibaut Courtois, who said he was too small.

"No. Obviously during Euro 96 it was a great time being an England player but you never thought that Gareth would go on to do what he's doing now", he said. I've got power and agility. It's hard when you miss and nothing can be said that's going to make it alright, but it's not about me.

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

"I think all goalkeepers have their own strengths and weaknesses that you can learn and get better on", said Pickford to the media at the mixed zone following the last eight clash against Sweden in Samara.

England now take on Sweden on Saturday afternoon for a place in the World Cup semi-finals, where the winners will take on either Croatia or Russian Federation on Wednesday for a spot in the final.

Many other pundits and England fans have felt that Dier has looked slightly off the pace playing for England, appearing far from his best.

"It was a different type of game today but we don't want to be going into a penalty shoot-outs every game", he said.

"It's all about the set position and I got a hand to it".

The Liverpool captain has been highly criticised throughout his career as not being up to scratch and arrived at this World Cup surrounded by doubts over having a place in the starting XI.

Harry Kane had been man of the match in England's previous games - but Pickford took the honours against Sweden.

"We've got to check Ashley's, which is more of an ankle".

England are now joint second favourites alongside France to win the tournament at just 4/1, according bookmakers Ladbrokes.

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