Courtois speaks on mocking England goalkeeper, Pickford

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Both of the latter nations have raised the World Cup trophy at least once; France most recently in 1998. On the last three occasions; in 1990, 1998 and 2006, they'd gone out.

With Belgium through to the semi-finals and England facing Sweden in their quarter-final on Saturday, it remains entirely possible that a rematch between first and second in Group G will be on the cards in the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

"I thanked him, I can't thank him enough, I'm forever in his debt".

But all was forgiven when Dier stroked home the winning penalty. I remained professional of course but it was England winning a shootout, it was unbelievable.

"Jordan is a fantastic goalkeeper and deserves everything", he added.

"His attitude is brilliant and he's been brilliant in training and taken it into the game". We knew what we had to do and we stayed calm. "We never panicked. We were ready for that".

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It was raining all over England on Tuesday night, but not in the way most would've expected.

Pickford said: "I did all my research".

"He was outstanding all season and won all of the player of the year awards, and he has taken that into the World Cup", he told Press Association Sport. After a tense 30 minutes which was dominated from Colombians, the tie moved into penalties.

Captain Radamel Falcao and coach Jose Pekerman led the team's response as they clapped and waved to the fans gathered in their wake.

"But I understand why Gareth did it, it's the first thought at the time that you've got to defend and hang onto what you've got, but I thought besides that England were very composed".

"I only said that, because he got a touch, I would have saved it because I am 15 centimetres taller, but I never mocked his height". "Our mindset and mentality, we never stopped.

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I trusted my instinct and went that way.strong hands, I'm happy". "I might be young but I've got good mental strength and experience and I used that today".

"His athleticism around the goal is excellent and, again, he executed the plan in the penalty shootout". "Tonight will give belief for generations to follow and not be hindered by history or expectations. It's a special moment for us".

A die-hard England fan whose daughter shares the name of the city in which the Three Lions face Sweden in tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final showdown hopes the coincidence will be a lucky omen.

They've conceded just two goals in the tournament so far and it will be no easy task for Kane and Co to carve through defence.

Dele Alli put England 2-0 up but Pickford also made another excellent save from Viktor Claesson, then tipped a Berg shot over the bar to ensure there was no nervous finale. Once we were sorted we got the superb metro into Moscow for a big of sightseeing in Red Square. There's still a long way to go.

"We are focused and back to work already".

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"He said to me "well done you fellow Mackem".

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