How Jordan Pickford Responded When Croatian TV Crew Taunted Him In Tunnel After Full-TIme
Jordan Pickford's performances for England this summer have been described as 'outstanding' and 'consistent' by many and we've got to agree.
He has arguably nailed down that ever so difficult number one spot in Gareth Southgate's side after years of uncertainty.
England's top 5 at World Cup - Pickford ,Trippier , Maguire , Stones , Henderson. Strangely , Kane probable Golden Boot but not at best.- Ian Darke (@IanDarke) July 15, 2018
As well as his heroics on the pitch, though, his attitude off it has been just as impressive and in an incident that could have spilled into something nasty.
It is being reported that after England's extra-time defeat in the World Cup semi-final, a member of of a Croatian TV crew taunted Pickford with "You should have f***ing won that" as they walked down the tunnel.
Henry Winter from The Times reveals that Pickford calmly replied "next time" and carried on to the dressing-room. The fact that he managed to contain his emotions after such a heartbreaking defeat shows the class of the man.
The Everton goalkeeper could have easily lost his temper but he kept calm and relaxed after what was a below-the-belt comment from the TV crew.
Jordan Pickford showed commendable restraint in the tunnel after the semi-final defeat when a member of a Croatian TV crew taunted him with "You should have f***ing won that". Pickford calmly replied "next time" and carried on to the dressing-room. #eng #WorldCup- Henry Winter (@henrywinter) July 14, 2018
Heading into this year's World Cup it wasn't till very late that Jordan Pickford was named as Gareth Southgate's number one but thank god he did.
Pickford pulled off a miraculous save in the second round against Colombia and then made a huge save in the shoot-out to help take England through to the quarter finals.
In the last eight against Sweden the Everton goalie was on incredible form as he made three top class saves in the second half, and his performance against Croatia was also good, but it just wasn't enough as Mandzukic bagged a 109th minute winner.
Thoughts on Pickford's performances at the World Cup this summer? Has he cemented that number one place for England?
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