‘There was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end’: Jordan Pickford hails England supporters following agonising World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford hailed the country’s supporters following their agonising World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia on Wednesday.
Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time strike sent Croatia into their first World Cup final against France and broke English hearts.
The 24-year-old shot-stopper, who has shone as England’s No 1 during the tournament in Russia, praised fans and remained optimistic despite the exit.
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford hailed the country’s supporters after semi-final defeat
‘We have to show pride and passion which we have,’ he told ITV.
‘Look at the fans tonight, there was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end.
‘I feel that as a nation we have progressed and hopefully there is more to come in the future.’
‘There was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end,’ Pickford told ITV
Kieran Trippier had put Gareth Southgate’s side ahead in the opening five minutes but Croatia levelled through Ivan Perisic in the second half.
Locked at 1-1, the last-four clash headed to extra-time and with the minutes ticking down towards a penalty shootout, Mandzukic fired home past the Everton goalkeeper.
‘It was an experience for us and one we wanted to win,’ Pickford added.
‘Maybe we went ahead too early, we needed that next goal to kill off the tie and we had some good chances but never put them away.
‘A team like Croatia, we know their threats going forward, they have some quality players. We weathered some storms.’
The 24-year-old shot-stopper also remained optimistic for the future following World Cup exit
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