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No, you didn’t dream it… England win World Cup match on penalties

No, you didn’t dream it… England win World Cup match on penalties

Pickford came up with the game of his life to firstly pull off one of the greatest World Cup saves of all time to deny Mateus Uribe before he then stopped a Carlos Bacca penalty in the shootout to send England into the quarter-finals.

England manager Gareth Southgate has jumped to the defence of under-fire goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, urging him not to pay attention to critics.

Cue wild celebrations on the pitch, in the dug-out, across the stadium and in just about every home and pub back home in England.

Soham-born former Ipswich and Bury Town goalkeeper Pope, in Russian Federation as Gareth Southgate's third-choice goalkeeper, has played a vital role in England's preparation for penalty shoot-outs in training, with Dier insisting the 26-year-old deserves plenty of credit for his winning effort in Moscow.

After suffocating the Swiss with their compact, defensive style, the Swedes are unlikely to change the tactics that have carried them this far in the tournament, and the fact that England will be favorites will not bother them. Penalties were the only way of deciding a victor and Jordan Pickford was the man for the big occasion.

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A bare-chested, grinning Dier was labelled the "Coolest Man in Moscow" by the Daily Mail, who added with a touch of hyperbole: "The explosion of relief must have been heard in space".

Nick Pope, pictured with Harry Kane prior to England's victory over Colombia.

Speaking after Tuesday's game, Southgate said he was surprised with the keeper's impressive outing. "I trusted my instinct and went that way.strong hands, I'm happy".

"To get knocked down like we did, it's hard to come back from that, but we were ready, we stayed calm, stuck to our plan and never panicked. We knew if it went to penalties we were capable of winning".

But it was not to be as Eric Dier stepped up and secured England's place in the quarter-final. Have your say in the comments section below.

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