Former Preston loanee Jordan Pickford is England's penalty hero after Colombia shoot-out win

Jordan Pickford saves Carlos Bacca's spot kick to help England on their way to victory
Jordan Pickford saves Carlos Bacca's spot kick to help England on their way to victory
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Former Preston North End loanee Jordan Pickford was England's penalty hero as they finally won a World Cup shoot-out.

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The Three Lions reached the quarter-finals in Russia after prevailing 4-3 on spot kicks against Colombia after a 1-1 draw.

Having received criticism earlier in the tournament for his performance against Belgium the Everton 'keeper, who spent the first half of the 2015-16 season at Deepdale, shone on the biggest stage, saving Carlos Bacca's effort before Eric Dier sealed an historic victory.

"I've got that power and agility to get around the goal," Pickford said.

"I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper, I've got that power and agility and I'm very good at penalties."

England had researched Colombia's penalty takers beforehand and Pickford said: "We had a fair feeling, and Falcao was the only one who didn't go his usual way."

Alan Kelly with Jordan Pickford during his Preston loan spell

Alan Kelly with Jordan Pickford during his Preston loan spell

Several of the shot-stopper's former PNE team-mates celebrated his heroics.

"What a save just before Colombia’s goal from @JPickford1 and buzzing for him with the penalty save," Paul Gallagher said on Twitter.

"Top 'keeper that lad."

John Welsh, Greg Cunningham, Jordan Hugill and fellow goalkeeper Mathew Hudson all also congratulated the former 24-year-old.

It was also no doubt a proud moment for his former 'keeper coach at Deepdale Alan Kelly who reacted to the criticism Pickford had received just days prior.

"Actions speak louder than words," said Kelly, who also worked with the former Sunderland player at Everton.

"Character, dealing with pressure and belief. Delighted for Jordan."