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England reach World Cup quarter-finals with penalty shoot-out win over ColombiaThe Three Lions reached the quarter-finals in Russian Federation after prevailing 4-3 on spot kicks against Colombia after a 1-1 draw.

Henderson and Pickford, who received some criticism following the 1-0 defeat to Belgium last Thursday, are products of the Sunderland youth system and the former was grateful for a fellow "Mackem" to bail him out.

Apart from his own heroics, Pickford was impressed with England's mental strength after the heartbreak of conceding in added time just when they thought they were through to the quarter-finals.

The Everton stopper then returned fire: "I have got power and agility. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper because it's about being there in the moment and making the save, and I was", said 6ft 1in Pickford.

"I just want to be playing in the biggest matches against big teams".

'I would never do that to another goalkeeper (criticise his height).

This thing about Jordan, I want to say and clarify, because I heard a lot of stuff, I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear because I would never mock a height of a goalkeeper.

Before the tournament began there was a sizeable debate as to who should be England's number one, with Pickford having come off the back of a hard season with Everton, but Seaman believes that he is now beginning to prove himself as a top-class keeper.

"It's my job to help the team when I'm called upon to make those saves and if I make sure I'm set and in the right position - which I was - I give myself every chance".

He played on with a hamstring injury against Russian Federation in the quarter-final and might be in doubt to play England on Wednesday.

The moments following the penalty shootout.

World Cups do have a habit of raising the stock of those who do well in them, and the maestro is certainly on the receiving end of a complete national re-evaluation of his ability. We've got an outstanding mentality. "We know how to win".


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