Pickford still England number one for Southgate ahead of Colombia tie

first_img The crossbar is barely a stretch for the Chelsea goalie 6 And after England’s 1-0 loss to Belgium on Thursday, Courtois declared he would have saved Adnan Januzaj’s match-winning shot, which evaded Pickford’s poor diving effort.“The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me,” said Courtois.“I would have caught it. He was too busy throwing his legs in the air.” “Size-wise, he said at the end of the day, you’re talking about a Cadbury’s Creme Egg between them. “Of course some keepers are 6”6, but they have attributes that they are not so good at. And you get slightly smaller ones who are athletically better and have different skill sets.“It’s rare to find perfection in anybody.”Hopefully Pickford will avoid any lobbed shot embarrassments come Tuesday night, when England line up against Colombia in their first knockout game of the tournament. England number one Jordan Pickford will keep his place in the starting line-up against Colombia, despite failing to keep a clean sheet in all three group games at the World Cup so far.Manager Gareth Southgate voiced his support for the Everton stopper, reaffirming his faith in the 24-year-old as his first choice with “absolutely no question”. talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across thetalkSPORT network. “I’m really pleased with his performances,” said Southgate.“I don’t think he’s had much chance with the goals that have gone in, that’s a goalkeeper’s lot at times.“He knows the belief I have in him. He is an important fit for the way we play.“He’s got to make sure he knows the views of those that are important and, like everybody else, cut himself away from the outside views that can start to inhibit your thinking.” Courtois is one of the tallest players in the game 6 6 6 The Three Lions boss spoke out after Belgium keeper Thibault Courtois mocked Pickford‘s diminutive height, a relatively meagre 1.85m (6’1″) compared to the Belgian’s 1.99m stature (6’5″).Courtois is the joint-third tallest player of the 736 at this year’s World Cup. But Southgate laughed off such playground criticism.“I remember when we were talking about young goalkeepers at a conference once,” he recalled.“Martin Thomas, who’s a brilliant coach educator now, was under-21 goalkeeping coach and was talking about the difference between a couple of goalkeepers. The whole nation will be praying Colombia don’t take it to penalties 6 6 Southgate picked the Everton stopper ahead of Nick Pope and Jack Butland Gary Cahill saved Pickford’s blushes with this off-the-line clearance against Belgium Belgium’s Januzaj beat Pickford last_img