Southgate, and England, reap reward for faith in Pickford

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The Everton goalkeeper arrived in Russian Federation not even sure he would start, but is putting together an unforgettable tournament, saving Colombia's fifth penalty to tee up England shootout success in the last 16 and producing three stunning saves to help see off Sweden in Saturday's quarter-final.

The knockout match against Columbia ended with a dramatic penalty shoot-out that ultimately saw England through to the Quarter Finals.

Eric Dier scored the winning penalty at Moscow's Spartak Stadium after hero goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept out Carlos Bacca's spotkick with a magnificent left-handed save.

England prevailed 4-3 in the shootout, meaning it will go on to face Sweden in the quarter finals at midnight on Saturday.

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The Liverpool captain has been highly criticised throughout his career as not being up to scratch and arrived at this World Cup surrounded by doubts over having a place in the starting XI.

"We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history".

Colombian fans are not taking their World Cup exit at all well, it would seem, with the ambitious South Americans wanting Federation Internationale de Football Association to review two key decisions in Tuesday's defeat to England. That's why I got a clean sheet tonight.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson has admitted that he will be indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford forever after his penalty shootout heroics.

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"I think we've learned a lot from the game so hopefully we can take it in to the next one".

"And the next round Sweden, all respect to Sweden it's going to be a great game but I think our boys will step up".

- England fan Tania Burnham after watching the game on a big screen in London.

"If it had been to keep us in it, it could have been a more nerve-wracking experience".

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Yes, on paper, this looks like a very winnable tie, but as we know, matches at this stage aren't won on paper and England fans just have to look to the Three Lions' record against Sweden for evidence of that.

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