"To come through all of that - we've spoken to the players about writing their own stories". 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, ' Pickford told ITV after England's last 16 win.
"We know the size of the task and we know the difficulty of this task".
"But I understand why Gareth did it, it's the first thought at the time that you've got to defend and hang onto what you've got, but I thought besides that England were very composed".
Having analysed all winning goalkeepers in World Cup history, their average height comes to 1.85m which means that Pickford fits the bill exactly and could be the Three Lions' lucky charm in more ways than one.
"After I made that first save from Marcus Berg with the header that was me set for the rest of the game", Pickford said on Saturday.
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Sweden had advanced from three of their four previous World Cup quarter-finals but could not find a way to beat Pickford as the Three Lions marched on to the semis. "I might be young but I've got good mental strength and experience and I used that today".
It's now looking like the best decision that the England manager has made, now we just need Pickford to bring it home!
But I never mocked his height because I know he is a great goalkeeper. The world has generally credited the tournament as a success and there is no doubt the Kremlin will be pleased with how well its side has backed up its hard work.
Can we just go ahead and forget about this whole daft faux-kerfuffle now? "It was nice to get it off our back and we can move forward now".
Courtois poured salt in Pickford's wounds following Belgium's Group G victory over England last Thursday by apparently criticising Pickford for the technique he employed when flailing for Adnan Januzaj's curling effort from the edge of the box.