Pickford gets the upper hand to vindicate England coach Southgate

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium
Former Preston loanee Jordan Pickford is England's penalty hero after Colombia shoot-out win

06 July, 2018

Those watching in the United Kingdom felt the tension as England and Colombia drew 1-1 and the game went to a penalty shootout, watched by 23.6 million viewers.

Jordan Pickford proved the hero for England by superbly punching away Carlos Bacca's fifth penalty for Colombia, teeing up Eric Dier to clinch victory.

"Just Diernamite!" screamed the Sun after Eric Dier ended England's penalty hoodoo in Russian Federation, slotting home the decisive spot-kick to beat Colombia and qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals.

That success sparked fears availability could be problem in local cricket leagues, with the Sweden clash kicking off at 3pm on Saturday. "I think there is exaggeration on theatre by the players", Mourinho told Russia Today.

"They showed (against Colombia) that in the end, even though they couldn't get the result in 90 minutes, they went through and that is what matters in these kinds of moments".

Fabian Delph has flown back out to rejoin the rest of the England squad at the World Cup following the birth of his third child.

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According to BBC Radio 5 Live's World Cup Daily podcast, Southgate has been looking beyond the sport of soccer for insights that could help him manage England's World Cup team and devise new tactics on the pitch.

"It's been a fantastic year for me personally, to achieve everything I have achieved", he said.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are struggling with a back and thigh injury respectively ahead of England's meeting with Sweden, according to a report. We're a really close group, I think you can see that. When it gets to these games, they're not always as honest as they might be about how fit they are.

"You obviously fear the worst when you miss a penalty but Pickers did brilliantly with the save and they've hit the bar, so I'm just relieved we got over the line", said Henderson. We've lost to Portugal a bunch of times, so yeah, I was aware and I'm just really pleased we've changed that.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Colombia vs England - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 3, 2018 England fans celebrate after the match.

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