Thibaut Courtois mocks Jordan Pickford over Adnan Januzaj goal

Thibaut Courtois mocks Jordan Pickford over Adnan Januzaj goal

"He's not had the level of scrutiny that comes with playing for England".

It was the first time Colombia had been involved in a World Cup shootout and they took first blood when Jordan Henderson missed his spot kick - but for once fortune smiled on England. He got a bit of criticism last week, undeservedly, so I am so happy for him to achieve that.

"I've got that power and agility to get around the goal", Pickford said.

Pickford, who missed the post-match celebrations in the dressing room as he carried out a routine Federation Internationale de Football Association drugs test, had studied Colombia's penalty takers, with heavy input from the goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson, the psychologist Pippa Grange and the England set-up's team of performance analysts, led by Steve O'Brien and Mike Baker.

Pickford deserved to have won the game a lot earlier on a tense night in Moscow.

Earlier Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his sixth goal of the tournament, and England looked to be through until Yerry Mina headed an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time. "I'm surprised he could reach it given his height", Southgate said with a wry smile. "I would have caught it".

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Courtois was not alone. "I might be young but I've got good mental strength and experience and I used that today. We believe in what we're doing and believe we can do something great, and that we can achieve something fantastic", he told reporters.

But in refusing to dismiss penalties as a lottery like many of his predecessors, his attention to detail paid off.

Mateus Uribe shot against the bar to put England back on an even keel but it took a brilliant save from Pickford, denying Carlos Bacca, to pave the way for victory.

England had already waited too long to win on penalties.

Jordan Pickford during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia.

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