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Jordan Pickford is England's No.1 because of his distribution

09 July 2018

"You're making big saves at vital times in games".

"I'm so, so proud of what all of the players and all of the staff have done because we've got to this point because the collective has been so strong".

Pickford was named as the Three Lions' first-choice goalkeeper for the World Cup in Russian Federation despite not having much worldwide experience to his name, having only made his debut in November 2017 during an global friendly against Germany.

He was on hand to deny Marcus Berg on two occasions, first diving to his left to tip a goal-bound header around the post and then reaching up instinctively to palm a snapshot over the bar. "But it'll go on my mantelpiece, that one", added Pickford, referring to his Man of the Match trophy. "I want to make that clear!"

England will now take on Croatia in the semi-final, and Henderson has claimed that he'll be fit despite picking up a hamstring complaint.

"We don't have renowned, world-class players yet but we've got lots of good young players who are showing on the young stage that they can be courageous on the ball, try and play the right way, have shown some mental resilience".

"I just focus on being the best I possibly can for myself and for the team".

While another said: "Honestly no need for this" and another said: "Can't they just enjoy their success without wrecking the place?"

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Gareth Southgate has also hailed the Sunderland native, lauding him as a model for the next generation of goalkeepers to aspire to.

"I would never mock the height of a goalkeeper and I think he's a great goalkeeper".

"The number of touches goalkeepers have with their feet is exceptionally high in the modern game, especially in worldwide and European football".

Jordan Pickford is England's No.1 because of his distribution