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They were made to go all the way to the dreaded penalties, but this time England emerged victorious from the spot against Colombia to spark belief the 2018 World Cup really could be the Three Lions' time to shine.

England hero and goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, was being supported by his extremely tense girlfriend Megan Davison.

"I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper, I've got that power and agility and I'm very good at penalties".

The Everton keeper, 24, was the star last night as England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to set up a quarterfinal clash with Sweden on Saturday.

The Chelsea goalkeeper said: 'The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me.

After the 90 minutes were up, "we just reset".

"We reset our mindset, mentality, work rate, we never stopped".

Plenty of thought went into England's penalties, with manager Gareth Southgate confirming that they'd been preparing since March for the eventuality of a shootout.




Everton keeper Pickford was criticised for failing to save Adnan Januzaj's victor in Belgium's 1-0 triumph over the Three Lions in their final group game, with opposite number Thibaut Courtois saying that he was smaller than most goalkeepers at the tournament.

Substitute Danny Rose nearly struck an extra-time victor when his angled shot whistled beyond the far post, and Eric Dier headed over unmarked at a corner before England's luck deserted them again in all too familiar fashion.

Dier, who had to step up fifth in the shootout after coming on as a substitute, confessed: "It was a nervous one".

"I felt like I had to score after that header I missed at the end".

"He's a fantastic goalkeeper". He was fantastic in the shoot-out. Ideally, we don't want to be going to a penalty shootout but we are delighted for the fans and the whole country.

Eyebrows were raised among the England supporters when they saw Dier making the long walk to take the final penalty.

"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".

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