Pickford: England always believed penalty success possible

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"It's early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup - whether we go out [on Tuesday] or we go on and win it - the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads".

Winger Emil Forsberg, whose deflected goal earned Sweden a first World Cup quarter-final berth since 1994, says the side will continue to make it tough for whoever they meet.

"Being an England supporter, I was a bit nervous because we've never been any good at penalties", pub worker Garry Brookes told AFP as he charged out into the beer garden during the post-match chaos.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was one of his Country's hero's last night as the Three Lions sealed a famous penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup. "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", he said.

Next up for Gareth Southgate's side is a last-eight clash with Sweden in Samara with Maguire insisting the squad - which was the most inexperienced of all 32 nations at the start of the tournament in terms of global caps - is mentally strong enough to cope with any challenge.

When Carlos Bacca stepped up to take Colombia's fifth and final penalty, Pickford knew he was likely to shoot to the left.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to choose Spurs man Eric Dier over Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker against Sweden.

"It's a nervous one".

"Incredible. He's a fantastic goalkeeper, fantastic attitude and he deserves everything". A fantastic attitutde and he deserves everything.

Girlfriend Megan is out in Russian Federation to support Pickford, and last night posted two pictures of herself on Instagram, one before and one after the penalty shootout. This is what you put in all those hours for, this is why you work, technically and tactically, for big games.

"To get knocked down like we did, it's hard to come back from that, but we were ready, we stayed calm, stuck to our plan and never panicked".

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