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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.

The England goalkeeper (Pickford) is 10 centimetres smaller than me. But it was Pickford's acrobatics that ensured the win was a comfortable one.

Yet the 24-year-old was the model of equilibrium as he collected the post-match award.

"We're young but we're an experienced young side. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper because it's about being there in the moment and making the save and I was".

"The highlight of that was the clean sheet", he said of the victory over Sweden.

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The team captain Radamel Falcao claimed that the match referee Mark Geiger, who is from America, was "biased" in favour of the Three Lions and fans are getting increasingly angry at the misspelling of their country's name online. He became the third-most-expensive goalkeeper of all time and, justifying his price tag, went on to have a good season for the Toffees, which achieved a top-half finish under Sam Allardyce.

But Southgate said Pickford is just one cog in a team that is growing together towards a greater goal, and Saturday's 2-0 win at Samara Arena was another step in the right direction.

Pickford's heroics between the sticks has given England a healthy chance to book a semi-final place for the first time since 1990, despite being the joint-shortest goalkeeper left in the tournament. "We don't want to be going into penalty shoot-outs every game", Pickford said.

Gareth Southgate has also hailed the Sunderland native, lauding him as a model for the next generation of goalkeepers to aspire to.

Pickford was criticised for conceding Adnan Januzaj's winning goal in their match on 28 June, which the Everton man got a hand to put could not keep out. The number of touches he has with his feet is exceptionally high.


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