Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jordan Henderson: I am forever in debt to Jordan Pickford

Jordan Henderson: I am forever in debt to Jordan Pickford

"We've worked hard establishing a clear identity in the way that we play".

"I went to punch the floor and ended up punching my knee and hurt my thumb".

"I got a lot of games under my belt in the lower leagues and I don't feel the Premier League or England is that much different".

In Sunderland the song that everyone has been singing as the Three Lions progressed, was performed live when The Lightening Seeds took to the stage at Sunniside Live just hours after England reached the semi finals.

He made his debut for Sunderland later that year before moving to Liverpool in 2011 and almost captaining them to the Champions League trophy last season.

"Yeah, I always join in the possessions and stuff and Kevin Ball (Pickford's former coach and ex-English footballer) always said I can play upfield if I wanted to".

England manager Gareth Southgate gave the players a day off from full training on Sunday.

It might even rival Banks's storied save from Brazil great Pele in the 1970 World Cup.

"I can say it is the saddest moment of my career, the pain is great because we knew we could get there, we know we had a chance to go far, to make history".

It had been suggested that finishing second in the group behind England would have given Belgium an easier passage through the knockout rounds, but Courtois insisted that never crossed the players' minds. "I am capable of making these saves and it showed in the performance (against Sweden)", he added. At a smidgen over 6ft he is relatively short for the position, a truth seized upon by the Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The Chelsea goalkeeper may need to produce more of the same to keep out a French front line containing Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann in the first semi-final match on Tuesday.

"And then we beat Brazil in the final and it's home - it is easy".

England are now joint second favourites alongside France to win the tournament at just 4/1, according bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Vardy was an unused substitute in the victory over Sweden following a groin injury which prevented him taking the fifth penalty in England's shoot-out win over Colombia in the last 16.

A mouth-watering quarter-final against Sweden now awaits in Samara this Saturday - an occasion Southgate is not taking for granted but believes could become an increasingly regular occurrence given England's talent.

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