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Former Darlington boss Craig Liddle believes Jordan Pickford was destined for the top - even when he was failing to win a game in the National League.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insists his highly publicised recent comments on Jordan Pickford were not meant to belittle England's number one.

Either Croatia or Russian Federation will face Gareth Southgate's England in the World Cup semi-finals after the Three Lions beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara.

Lost among the drama of the tense clash with Colombia was arguably the save of the tournament from Mateus Uribe's blistering long-range effort seconds before the South Americans' stoppage-time equaliser.

And just how the team managed to conquer Colombia in the round of 16 match - a penalty shootout - was enough to cause celebration for some with the curse finally broken.

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For Stephens, fresh from making the French Open final last month, it was her second successive first round loss at the tournament. Says Lewis: "I feel for him, but I think he'd be the first to say that The Championships are about more than one player".

With the squad now back at their base camp in Repino, the focus has been firmly shifted onto quarter final opponents Sweden, who England will meet in Samara on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate's men will now take on Sweden in the quarter-finals. To get knocked down like we did [with Mina's goal], it's hard to come back from. We're together, when one goes down we've got to pick them back up.

The Three Lions ended their penalty shootout hoodoo by beating the South American side after a bad-tempered affair had ended 1-1.

"I thought they were cynical from the start, only tried to stop England playing and upset them - try to get them sent off. I said "Jesus, I've helped you out there lad", the Everton keeper added. Once we were sorted we got the superb metro into Moscow for a big of sightseeing in Red Square. 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.

Paul Gascoigne famously cried after a booking in the semi-final ruled him out of the final - which England failed to reach after losing to West Germany on penalties.

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