Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Courtois speaks on mocking England goalkeeper, Pickford

Courtois speaks on mocking England goalkeeper, Pickford

"I don't worry about being the best keeper in the tournament".

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

World Cups do have a habit of raising the stock of those who do well in them, and the maestro is certainly on the receiving end of a complete national re-evaluation of his ability.

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

Pickford is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and the former Sunderland star's performances for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation so far have been superb.

"We don't have renowned, world-class players yet but we've got lots of good young players who are showing on the young stage that they can be courageous on the ball, try and play the right way, have shown some mental resilience".

Video footage from inside the store shows fans dancing on beds and singing after England managed to clinch a spot in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

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"We are one of the youngest teams here, but we are an improving side and want to make history". I just want to be playing in the biggest matches against big teams.

"I just focus on being the best I possibly can for myself and for the team". He spoke of a squad of players who will do anything for each other and who want to work and to learn.

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

Kirkland has since publicly called out Courtois for his comments, stating: "I think what people said, especially Courtois, was out of order".

"The Premier League is different with crosses into the box, so [demands] different skills". You need your goalkeeper to step up.

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