Pickford: 'Great to follow in footsteps of Banks and Shilton'

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was at his best to keep out Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

England's Jordan Pickford vs Sweden

England's Jordan Pickford makes a save from Marcus Berg.   -  Getty Images

England, which has reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990, will surely the celebrate the stellar work put in by its goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to secure the 2-0 win over Sweden.

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The Everton shot-stopper came out with a brilliant performance, thwarting his opponents on many occasions to help his country earn the first clean sheet of this World Cup.

A man of few words, Pickford was satisfied with his performance. "I work hard everyday and the saves I made on training showcased in the match today," he said. "It's great to follow the footsteps of Gordan Banks and Peter Shilton (English goalkeepers to reach World Cup semis). I am giving my best and I don't fear anything and I want to keep giving my best. I enjoy my football and show my performance on match days as criticism doesn't affect me."

Talking about the team spirit that has been the key to England's success, Pickford added: "We know our ability and our strength is our togetherness and thats why we kept a clean sheet as we fought together."

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