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Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Petition for Colombia vs. England to be replayed gains almost 300,000 signatures

Petition for Colombia vs. England to be replayed gains almost 300,000 signatures

Chris Kirkland has criticised Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois over comments he made about England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

"But today is a special moment for this team, and that hopefully will give belief to the generations of players that follow, because they can see what is possible".

He is a great goalkeeper.

Following Belgium's 1-0 win over England in the World Cup group phase, Pickford was criticised for failing to keep out Adnan Januzaj's victor.

"Pickford for me is. a prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be". I want to make that clear.

Pickford was named as the Three Lions' first-choice goalkeeper for the World Cup in Russian Federation despite not having much worldwide experience to his name, having only made his debut in November 2017 during an global friendly against Germany.

"I only said that maybe I would have saved it because I'm 15cm taller but I never mocked his height because I know he's a great goalkeeper".

At the other end, England scored twice to move within a goal of their record haul for an individual World Cup - 11 from their triumphant 1966 campaign.

What Pickford lacks in height, he makes up for in spring and speed around his goal.

That said, Mido could be right about Walker's pace being unnecessary against a physical Sweden side which likes to get the ball into the box early, through crosses and long throws.

Instead of celebrating wildly with England's ecstatic players, Southgate went straight to Colombian counterpart José Pékerman and the devastated Uribe, who was in tears standing next to his manager.

Pickford responded by saying: "I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper". "It's very interesting and I like it".

They will no doubt be hoping a decision is made soon and that their players return to Russian Federation from their holidays - Gareth Southgate's side face Sweden on Saturday.

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