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Jordan Pickford "embracing" World Cup

Jordan Pickford
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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says that he is "embracing" the Three Lions' World Cup campaign in Russia.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has said that he is "embracing" the Three Lions' World Cup campaign in Russia.

Gareth Southgate's charges reached the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time since 1990 after defeating Sweden 2-0 in Moscow, a match in which Everton stopper Pickford made a number of crucial saves to keep a clean sheet.

Speaking to reporters after the game, the 24-year-old said that he feels under no pressure to perform for the national side.

"I never put myself under any pressure or anything, I embrace the moment, play in the moment, and I feel strong, nothing fazes me, I just want to be myself," Pickford said.

"The pitch is always going to be the same lines, same goal height. It's just a game of football. I just work hard every day in training, and that's why I got a clean sheet tonight, because all the saves I make in training I showcase them on a matchday.

"I always enjoy my football. I train hard every day in the gym and on the pitch, to show what I can do on a matchday. Criticism doesn't affect me, it just makes me want to be better."

England will play Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening.


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