Everton's World Cup hero keeps on going

Everton's World Cup hero keeps on going

The English press reacted with delight to the victory of the England side in Tuesday's night's dramatic penalty shootout against Colombia late on Tuesday night.

The offside flag spared Sterling's blushes when Kieran Trippier's long-range pass sent him clear to miss and the forward soon wasted another chance from Jordan Henderson's lofted throughball. It was the fourth time that England were involved in a shootout in a World Cup.

"Tonight they showed they don't have to conform to what's gone before".

But then, there was a stroke of luck; that stroke of luck that turned it around.

However, after helping Belgium to knock out World Cup favourites Brazil in the quarter-finals, Courtois stressed he did not mock Pickford.

"I can't remember when I last took one in a match", he said.

"It's hard to score penalties past him because he's huge, he helped me a lot". Croatia scraped through against Denmark on penalties and will need to refill on confidence before taking on the home nation. I remained professional of course but it was England winning a shootout, it was awesome. Once he came on, I felt we lost the initiative a little bit. "We know our ability, and it's all about togetherness. We never panicked. We were ready for that".

'I did all my research.

Fans celebrating at The Portsbridge after England's win against Colombia in the World Cup. Tournament after tournament ended in heartbreak for England, with penalties often being our preferred choice of punishment. I just got down to business really.

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"I would never do that to another goalkeeper I just meant that being 15 centimetres taller, I would have got the ball", Courtois said. "Our mindset and mentality, we never stopped".

"The coach that barged Raheem Sterling should have had a dig in the nose - I have to be honest - but he was trying to get Raheem Sterling to do that".

"I was in a massive whirlwind but I saved it with my left hand".

"When you are a young player you haven't the fear of missing or losing shoot-outs so I think that is a good omen". I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper in the world.

Southgate could have played it safe and kept faith with the experienced Hart, despite his struggles this season, but went with form, and youth, and has been amply vindicated. "It's a special moment for us".

England now take on Sweden on Saturday afternoon for a place in the World Cup semi-finals, where the winners will take on either Croatia or Russian Federation on Wednesday for a spot in the final.

"It's a nonsense to say it was a fix, or the referee was bent - England deserved to win". There's still a long way to go. "It was nice to get it off our back and we can move forward now".

Paul Gascoigne famously cried after a booking in the semi-final ruled him out of the final - which England failed to reach after losing to West Germany on penalties.

"He said to me "well done you fellow Mackem". What he wouldn't want is history to repeat itself though.

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