Everyone Is Talking About Jordan Pickford's Performance Against Colombia

Well, there it is. England have actually won a game on penalties at the World Cup in Russia, and fans of the Three Lions have got one guy in particular to thank for it.

Jordan Pickford had a great game - he even kept his side in the game for quite long periods. Then, in the penalty shootout at the end of the game, he saved England's bacon, as well as Carlos Bacca's spot kick.

It's hard to criticise a goalkeeper after a shootout - it is sort of a lottery after all - but it's nice to celebrate them when they rise above the pressure and win the game for their team.

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Everton star Pickford's save gave Eric Dier the chance to slot home the winning kick. He only went and bloody well did it. Cool as you like, he hit the back of the net, sending the ball past David Ospina in the Colombia goal and sending the whole of England wild.

And fans wasted no time in taking to Twitter to say how good he was.

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Credit: Twitter

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Credit: Twitter

He's even had some praise from fellow footballers. In fact, Peter Shilton, a man who knows a few things about life between the posts, joined in:

High praise, indeed. Especially given the fact that Shilts has 125 caps for England - more than any other player in history.

Just to give a bit of context to this, England have never won a penalty shootout at the World Cup before today. They lost in 1990, 1998, and 2006 on spot kicks.

As it happens, they hadn't even saved one since 1998. On that occasion it was David Seaman who kept the ball out of the net.

Pickford has taken a bit of stick sometimes for the occasional error - although what goalie doesn't make them? - and the fact that he's not the biggest guy in the whole world.

I'll bet he bloody well feels like he is right now.

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Fair play, Jordan LAD.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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