EURO 2020: Pickford breaks England goalkeeper record stretching back to 1966

The goalkeeper surpassed Gordon Banks’s milestone of 720 minutes during England’s EURO 2020 semifinal victory over Denmark.

England's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford celebrates his side's 2-1 win at the end of the EURO 2020 semifinal match against Denmark on Wednesday.   -  AP

Jordan Pickford became the England goalkeeper with the longest spell without conceding a goal on Wednesday, narrowly breaking a record stretching back to the Three Lions' triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign.

The goalkeeper surpassed Gordon Banks’s milestone of 720 minutes during England’s EURO 2020 semifinal victory over Denmark, as it reached its first major tournament final since 1966 with a 2-1 win after extra time.

Six minutes later, Mikkel Damsgaard’s ferocious free kick flew past Pickford to end his run, but England turned the game around to set up a final against Italy on Sunday.

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It was the first goal England had conceded at the Euros, much like in 1966, when the team kept clean sheets in every game until the semifinal stage.

Damsgaard’s superb strike was also the first goal England conceded in all competitions since March, a run of 691 minutes.

Pickford’s landmark moment came in his most uncertain performance of the tournament, the Everton player looking nervy at times with poor distribution and decision making.

However, he is already guaranteed to pick up the EURO 2020 "Golden Glove" award, as he has five clean sheets to his name.

That record cannot be matched or beaten by any other goalkeeper — his closest rival, Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy, has three clean sheets.

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